FAQ
Safe Delivery
26. Following an examination at a hospital and if the newborn is unharmed, what is the next step for the hospital?
27. Where does the hospital obtain a listing of child placing agencies that handle adoptions?
28. What are the responsibilities of a child placing agency that has taken a newborn under this law?
29. What are the listings for the Michigan Missing Children's Information Clearinghouse and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children?
30. The child placing agency assuming temporary protective custody of the newborn must supply the information necessary to establish a birth registration for the child except for newborns surrendered following a hospital birth.
31. The child placing agency that has temporary protective custody of a newborn under the Safe Delivery of Newborns Act will be required to complete court forms. What forms have been developed and how does the agency access them?
32. A CPA that has custody of a newborn under this Act is required to make efforts to identify the parent who did not surrender the newborn. If the identity is unknown, the agency is to provide notice by publication. How would such a publication read?
33. Where can I get more information about the Safe Delivery law?
34. When a child placing agency has temporary protective custody of a newborn, what is the process for notifying the Department of Health and Human Services of a "Safe Delivery of Newborns" placement?
1. When did this law take effect?
2. In general, what does the law provide?
3. Who is an Emergency Service Provider (ESP)?
4. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies are not mentioned in the law, but are just as likely to receive a newborn as a fire department. What is their process?
5. What written information is the ESP to provide the surrendering parent?
6. What other information should the ESP share?
7. Where does an ESP obtain a listing of counseling and medical service providers?
8. How does the ESP know if the baby is a newborn?
9. What if the person(s) surrendering the newborn leaves without providing any additional information?
10. What if someone other than a parent surrenders the newborn?
11. How will the non-surrendering parent know about the birth and the surrender of the baby?
12. What if the newborn is found abandoned on the hospital, fire station or police station premises?
13. What if a parent(s) returns to the hospital, fire station or police station following surrender and requests the return of the newborn?
14. What Circuit Court, Family Division does the surrendering parent(s) file for custody if, after surrender, they wish to do so?
15. I am an ESP, are there operating guidelines available for review?
16. The law indicates that the newborn surrendered at a fire department or police station must be transferred to the hospital. How should this be done?
17. How are fire and police personnel to transport a surrendered newborn to the hospital?
18. Should the initial clinical assessment of the newborn, at the hospital, include a complete physical examination?
19. What should be done if, during the hospital's clinical assessment, signs of abuse and/or neglect are present?
20. Does the hospital have to obtain written consent to treat and/or transfer the newborn?
21. Is it legally risky for ESP to accept these surrendered newborns?
22. Is it legally risky for a parent(s) to surrender a newborn to an ESP?
23. Will the surrendered newborn be eligible for medicaid?
24. Does the new law authorize appropriations so the ESP, physicians and other caregivers are paid for services rendered pursuant to this law?
25. Who applies for the birth registration for the newborn?