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OCYF Bulletin Updated PA Safe Haven Act 201

The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) has released Bulletin 3490-20-01, “Pennsylvania Safe Haven Act 201 of 2002 ‘The Newborn Protection Act’ as amended by Act 91 of 2014 and Act 68 of 2017.” The purpose of this bulletin is to transmit requirements and guidance related to legislative changes to the Newborn Protection Act as amended by Act 91 of 2014 and Act 68 of 2017. These changes include allowing police officers at police stations and emergency services providers on the grounds of an entity employing emergency services providers to accept newborns, as well as an optional provision for Safe Haven locations to provide an incubator for the acceptance of a newborn. This bulletin rescinds and replaces OCYF Bulletin 3490-11-01, Implementation of Act 201 of 2002, previously released in July 2011. Questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to Ms. Teresa Musser, Human Service Program Specialist in OCYF’s Bureau of Policy, Program and Operations as outlined on the first page of the bulletin.

If you have further questions, please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.