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Infant Surrendered Safely Under Safe Haven Act

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Contact: Danielle Jones
803-898-7248
Danielle.Jones@dss.sc.gov

Infant Surrendered Safely Under Safe Haven Act

September 6, 2022 – Officials with Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville recently accepted an infant surrendered under Daniel’s Law, the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, on Sunday, September 4, 2022.

The Caucasian baby boy was born on September 3, 2022 and weighed 1 pound, 12.5 ounces and is receiving additional medical care at this time.

The infant was safely surrendered at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville County. Under the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, Greenville County DSS took custody of the child.

A permanency planning hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 11th at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenville County Family Court at 350 Halton Road, Greenville, SC 29607.

For more information on the hearing, please contact the Greenville County DSS office at 864-467-7700 or the Greenville County Family Court at 864-467-5800.

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Editor’s note: The Department of Social Services has made a dedicated page on the agency’s website regarding Daniel’s Law in South Carolina with current data. This is the fifth Daniel’s Law baby surrendered in South Carolina during the 2022 calendar year.

A safe abandonment such as this is a perfect time to remind the public that the SC Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act provides a safe, legal option to abandonment for babies up to 60 days old. For more information about the Safe Haven Act, known as Daniel’s Law, please click here. For a listing of crisis pregnancy organizations, please see this brochure.


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