North Carolina’s Safe Surrender Law

In 2001, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law, G.S. 7B-500(b) or G.S. 7B-500(d), making it legal for females to surrender their newborn baby to a responsible adult without fear of criminal prosecution. While any responsible adult may receive a newborn, social workers, school nurses, school counselors and law enforcement are examples of responsible adults who are familiar with this law. More information can be found at this page. Those without internet access can contact a school nurse, school counselor, or social worker for more information.