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Experts educate state leaders on Texas Safe Haven laws

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Leaders from across the state came together Saturday to work together in an effort to prevent parents from abandoning their children. 

The National Safe Haven Alliance hosted the conference focused on teaching best practices and educating the community on Baby Safe Haven Laws.

Texas was the first state to enact the law, which allows parents to give up their newborns without penalty.

Each week, the alliance reports, newborns are found in dumpsters, garbage cans or left on the side of a road to die. It is because of this law, officials with the alliance say, that 3,600 infants have been saved across the country. 

In Texas, a baby can be surrendered, up to 60 days old, with an on duty employee at any hospital, emergency medical services provider or child welfare agency. 

People can also call the alliance's national hotline at 1-888-510-BABY for information.


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