On Monday (June 9), a mother dropped off her newborn baby girl at a hospital in Lancaster. A second newborn was also safely surrendered on Monday at a hospital in Pomona.
The baby girls are in protective custody and will be placed with families approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
“Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, these baby girls have a second chance at life and hope for bright futures,” said Knabe in a press release. “I’m thankful that these mothers decided to surrender their babies, rather than put them in a harmful situation. As word spreads about the Program, mothers in desperate situations can make the right choice for her baby, because of Safe Surrender.”
These are the third and fourth Safe Surrenders in Los Angeles County in 2012, and the 92nd and 93rd since the program began more than 10 years ago.
The program was initiated by Knabe and approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in 2001. It allows someone to surrender an infant that is no more than three days old, as long as the infant shows no signs of abuse.
(Information via press release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.)
The video below explains the Safe Surrender Program and profiles children who were dropped off in the past as part of the program.