Infant Safe Haven Laws- New Mexico

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Infant's Age
Statute: 24-22-3

90 days old or less

Who May Relinquish the Infant
Statute: 24-22-3


Who May Receive the Infant
Statute: 24-22-3

Staff of a licensed hospital or health care clinic

Responsibilities of the Safe Haven Provider
Statute: 24-22-3; 24-22-4

Provide medical care
Provide information about adoption services
Notify the department

Immunity for the Provider
Statute: 24-22-8


Protection for Relinquishing Parent
Statute: 24-22-3

Not required to provide identifying information
No prosecution for abandonment or abuse

Effect on Parental Rights
Statute: 24-22-5; 24-22-7

Department has custody of child
If determined to be an Indian child, placement preferences apply
Parent has 30 days to seek reunification
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