Boone County Hospital

Safe Haven

What is the Safe Haven Act?

The State of Iowa has joined 30 other states in creating Safe Havens for infants.

The Safe Haven Act is a law that allows parents - or another person who has the parent's authorization - to leave an infant up to 14 days old at a hospital or health care facility without fear of prosecution for abandonment.

Who is a Safe Haven?

A Safe Haven is an institutional health facility - such as a hospital or health care facility. According to the law - an "institutional health facility" means:

  •     A "hospital" as defined in Iowa Code section 135B.1, including a facility providing medical or health services that is open twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week and is a hospital emergency room, or
  •     A "health care facility" as defined in Iowa Code section 135C.1 means a residential care facility, a nursing facility, an intermediate care facility for persons with mental illness, or an intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation.
Boone County Hospital
1015 Union Street
Boone, IA, 50036
T: (515) 432-3140
F: (515) 433-8926
Email: lschmidt@bchmail.org
About Us
Boone County Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that has been serving the healthcare needs of Boone County and the surrounding communities since the early 1900s. Our mission is to improve and enhance the health and well-being of those we serve.
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© 2017 Boone County Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
Boone County Hospital is licensed by the State of Iowa.