Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success again today with the report of another safely surrendered newborn, the second such report in as many days. This most recent report of a safe surrender occurred in the City of Glendale at Glendale Memorial Hospital.
The newborn female was surrendered on Saturday, February 10 and is reported to be in good health. Although the surrender occurred on Saturday, confirmation was just received today. It is normal for surrenders to take several days to be verified under the rules of the program. As is standard practice, the baby girl is in protective custody and will be placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
This is the fourth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2007. Another newborn was also surrendered on Saturday in Downey and two others were surrendered in Brentwood and Bellflower in January. This most recent surrender is the 51st since the program began six years ago. The program was initiated by Supervisor 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.