As is standard practice, the newborn is now in protective custody and she will be placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
“Last week, we launched a new Safe Surrender outreach campaign with a message to desperate mothers that ‘there is a better choice,’” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, who started the Safe Surrender program in 2001. “This mother made the better choice by safely surrendering her baby at a hospital, and now her child has a chance to be part of a loving family.”
“As word continues to spread about the Program, other moms in similar situations can make the right choice for their babies and themselves, because of Safe Surrender,” Knabe continued.
The Lancaster newborn marks the seventh Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County, this year alone, and the 110th since the program began more than 12 years ago.
The Safe Surrender program allows someone to confidentially hand over an infant that is no more than three days old, as long as the infant shows no signs of abuse.
The new Safe Surrender campaign expands the program’s outreach to communities across Los Angeles County by launching in multiple languages and relying on a mix of traditional and grassroots awareness efforts. The campaign includes billboards, posters, bumper stickers, brochures and a redesigned website.
To learn more about the Safe Surrender Program, visit BabySafeLA.org.