Legislators and others in Nebrasa expressed concern that if the law were not changed, the state’s child welfare system would become overwhelmed .
Today, Nebraska lawmakers voted to change a controversial safe-haven law by restricting the age under which a child can be dropped off at a hospital without the parents being prosecuted. The law now says that no child older than 30 days can be dropped off.
Nebraska has a lot of ‘unwanted’ children issues. Currently, there are 6,600 children in state custody; that per-capita rate is one of the nation’s highest, said Todd Landry, director of the Division of Children and Family Services for the Department of Health and Human Services,
The amended safe haven law will go into effect Saturday morning at 12:01.