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October 22, 2008

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, cell (402) 471-8287

NOTE: This youth is from Douglas County, Nebraska. 

11th Instance of Safe Haven Law Occurred on October 22

Lincoln - Todd Landry, director of the Division of Children and Family Services for the Department of Health and Human Services, said a 17-year-old boy was left at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha through LB 157, Nebraska's "safe haven" law, on October 22.

This is the 11th instance of use of LB 157 and the 19 th child left at a hospital under the law since September 13. LB 157 went into effect on July 18.

More information about Nebraska's safe haven law, as well as information about local resources for families, can be found on the Department's Website at