Harnett County,
North Carolina

Health Department 

Safe Surrender

What you know about North Carolina's Safe Surrender Law could save a life

North Carolina’s Safe Surrender Law allows an overwhelmed parent to surrender a newborn to a responsible adult and walk away. The baby will then be placed in a loving home.

An infant up to 7 days old may be surrendered to any responsible adult.

Safe surrender is anonymous and legal.

In an emergency call 911, or for more information about the safe surrender law contact your local county department of social services.

A listing of county departments of social services is available at www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/local.

For more information click here to view the NC DHHS web site.

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