18. Do ESPs have legal protection against lawsuits relating to accepting surrendered newborns?

Agency: Health and Human Services

Hospital and child placing agency staff are immune from civil actions for accepting or transferring a newborn under the Safe Delivery law, unless they act with gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. ESPs are entitled to immunity described above and are also entitled to immunity per 1964 PA 170, MCL 691.1401 to 691.1415.