The newborn is the second this week to be turned over under the Safe Surrender law in Los Angeles County, according to Supervisor Don Knabe. The law allows someone to safely and anonymously surrender an infant that is no more than 3 days old at a fire station or hospital, provided there are no signs of abuse. A baby girl was also safely surrendered Sept. 11 at a hospital in Long Beach.
The newborns surrendered in Lancaster and Long Beach are in protective custody and will be placed with families approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
“I am thrilled to hear that, in less than a week, two babies have been given a second chance at life and the opportunity to grow up in a loving family thanks to the Safe Surrender program,” Knabe said. “Safe Surrender, an idea born from tragedy, has grown into a truly life-saving and life-giving program. Though we’ve been able to save the lives of 136 babies so far, we need to continue spreading the word that there is a safe, secure and anonymous way for mothers, who find themselves in a desperate situation, to get their baby into safe hands — at any fire station or hospital, any time — and protect them from abandonment.”
This is the 12th Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2015, and the 136th since the program began 14 years ago.
The program was initiated by Supervisor Knabe and approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in 2001.
To learn more about the Safe Surrender Program, visit BabySafeLA.org.
[Information via news release from L.A. County Public Affairs.]