The Baby Moses Law
The "Baby Moses Law" is the common name of a law authorizing a designated emergency infant care provider to take possession of a child appearing to be 60-days-old or younger from the child's parent, if the parent does not express intent to return for the child. Any parent may voluntarily deliver the child to a designated emergency infant care provider. You can find this law in the Texas Family Code, Chapter 262, Subchapter D, "Emergency Possession of Certain Abandoned Children."
One purpose of the law is to encourage parents who abandon their children to do so with a designated emergency infant care provider rather than at a dangerous location. The law also protects parents from criminal prosecution when they deliver an unharmed child to a designated emergency infant care provider.
When you place your child in the custody of the firefighters, we will offer you a voluntary health form to fill out at your convenience. You do not have to provide your name or any information that you do not wish to share. The packet has a self address stamped envelope, so you may mail it at your convenience. The Voluntary Health Form (PDF) is also available online, if you wish to fill it out prior contact with us.