Bellflower Hospital Receives Safely Surrendered Newborn

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is happy to announce that a baby girl has been safely surrendered in the City of Bellflower. The newborn was surrendered at Kaiser Permanente Hospital and is reported to be in good health.

The surrender occurred on Sunday, April 29, however it is normal for the initial report to take several days to be confirmed as meeting the legal criteria of the Safe Surrender Program. As is standard practice, the baby girl is in protective custody and has already been placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.

I am always thrilled by news of a surrender, said Supervisor Knabe. This little girl has a healthy life ahead of her and she is truly a testament to the success and importance of the Safe Surrender Program.

This is the second Safe Surrender in Bellflower in 2007. The previous surrender occurred on March 26, also at Kaiser Bellflower. There have been a total of 11 Safe Surrenders throughout Los Angeles County in 2007 and 58 Safe Surrenders since the program began. This most recent surrender equals the most that have ever occurred in a single year. There were 11 surrenders throughout the County in all of 2006.

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.