Baby Moses Law

What is the
The "Baby Moses Law" is the common name of a law which allows a parent to hand over a baby to authorized designated emergency infant care providers, including firefighters at a fire station, and walk away with no questions asked. The baby cannot just be "left" at a station but rather must pass from the parent to the provide.
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Of the over 100 babies who are abandoned each year in Texas, about 16 will be found dead. An unknown number of murdered babies are never found. The Baby Moses Law is a solution to the tragedy by providing a responsible alternative to mothers who might otherwise abandon, harm, or murder a newborn child. It states that a parent may leave an unharmed infant up to 60 days old at any hospital or fire station with "no questions asked."

The law is nicknamed "The Baby Moses Law" based on the biblical story of baby Moses. The group responsible for establishing the project chose the name Baby Moses because, in addition to being placed in a wicker basket by his mother to be saved from death, he was also carefully watched over by an anonymous protector until he was safely placed in the arms of a person who could provide the love and care necessary for life.
Baby Moses/Safe Haven Sites in Weatherford
All City of Weatherford Fire Stations are designated Baby Moses sites, or safe havens, where mothers can leave their newborns (up to 60 days old) with no questions asked and no fear of prosecution if the baby is unharmed. Babies left at a Weatherford Fire Station are transported to the local hospital for immediate examination and medical care. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will then take custody and place the child with a caring family. Mothers may voluntarily disclose background and medical information, but are not legally required to do so under the Baby Moses "Safe Haven" Law.

Alliance for Children, the Tarrant County Childrens' Advocacy Center program, has provided large yellow and black Safe Baby Site signs which are placed in prominent locations at each fire station. The locations of the four stations are:
  • Station 1 - 122 South Alamo Street near downtown Weatherford
  • Station 2 - 122 West Lake Drive on the east side of Weatherford near Lake Weatherford
  • Station 3 - 122 Atwood Court located just off of the 409 Exit of westbound Interstate 20
  • Station 4 - 905 West Park Avenue located in southwest Weatherford near the 406 Exit of westbound Interstate 20
For more information, please contact Alliance for Children at 817-335-7172 or visit their website