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State campaign champions Safe Surrender law

By KTVA CBS 11 News 11:34 AM February 20, 2014

The law has rarely been used, state health officials say.

ANCHORAGE – State health officials said they hope a new television campaign will help spread the word about Alaska’s 2008 infant safe haven law.

The law allows parents to safely and anonymously surrender young infants to police, firefighters, paramedics or peace officers. The baby must be no more than 21 days old.

Christy Lawton, division director of the Office of Children’s Services with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the law has rarely been used.

“Most people are aware of their family and the community steps in when those kinds of things come up,” she said.

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