On November 21, 2008, the Nebraska legislature voted 41-6 to amend the controversial 'safe haven' law, which allows parents to abandon their children at certain locations without fear of prosecution. The amendments reduced the age at which children can be abandoned from 18 years and under to 30 days and under. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed the amendments into law that afternoon. The amendments were made in response to the frequent abandonment of teenagers under the law.
Learn more about safe haven laws nationwide from the National Safe Haven Alliance.