Baby Born at Colorado Fire Station OK

The mother took advantage of the state's Safe Haven law.


A baby boy who was born Friday at a Poudre Fire Authority station and left there by his mother remains in good condition, said authorities at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

A family has already asked to adopt him, and he has already been placed, said authorities with the Larimer County's Department of Human Services.

"State law requires the Department of Human Services to place Baby Doe with potential adoptive parents as soon as possible. Therefore, as soon as Baby Doe is ready to leave the hospital he will be placed with a certified Foster-Adopt home, one that was approved by the Larimer County Department of Human Services some time ago," said Michelle Hostetler, deputy division manager of the Department of Human Services.

"The people who will be receiving Baby Doe have received the training required and passed a background check, both required by law to become foster-adopt parents," said Tony Passariello, supervisor of the Permanency Unit at the Department of Human Services.

The boy's birth mother walked into a fire station Friday at 8 a.m., and gave birth an hour later. She left the infant with the firefighters and paramedics who helped deliver the child.

Since she invoked the state's Safe Haven law, which allows a mother to surrender her child to medical workers, a hospital or fire station within 72 hours of giving birth, the woman will not face any charges.

This is the first time that the Safe Haven law has been used in Larimer County. Hostetler said it's a good law -- one that obviously helped a struggling mother.

"What she did was an act of love. She could have given birth and put the child in a plastic bag, and she chose not to do that," said Hostetler.

To learn more about the foster-adopt or the adoption programs in Larimer County, call (970) 498-6940.

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