South Carolina successfully recorded another infant surrender under the Safe Haven Act (Daniel’s Law). According to a press release by the Department of Social Services (DSS), the infant surrender in South Carolina happened on Sunday, May 9th. The DSS said officials with the Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital accepted the infant.
The baby girl, a Caucasian, arrived on May 8th, 2021, weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The Spartanburg DSS then took custody of the child under the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act. A permanency planning hearing will take place on June 28th at 2 p.m. at the Spartanburg County Courthouse.
The DSS noted that this is the third Daniel’s Law safe abandonment this calendar year. The agency reported that it is the perfect time to remind the public of the South Carolina Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act when events like this happen. The agency said the law provides a safe, legal option to abandon babies up to 60 days old.
Daniel’s Law derived its name from an infant baby boy who survived after being buried in a landfill soon after his birth. The nurses who attended to him in a hospital named him Daniel. South Carolina legislators then enacted the law to prevent these kinds of dangerous and often fatal abandonments.
Parents who choose to abandon their babies must submit them at a designated location, and the infant must be unharmed. If the child is harmed in any way, the exemption from prosecution rule will not apply. DSS will then take custody of the child and place them in a foster home. The law also protects the parents identity, and they do not need to provide their names.
To find out more about foster laws and legal requirements for infant surrender in South Carolina, contact an adoption attorney in Greenville, SC.