Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the fourth time this year with the report of another safely surrendered newborn. This most recent safe surrender occurred at a hospital in Woodland Hills.
The mother delivered the baby girl at the hospital and told hospital staff that she would like to surrender the infant. The baby is reported to be in good health. 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 case could have ended in tragedy, but because of the Safe Surrender program, this baby girl has a long life ahead of her,” said Supervisor Knabe. “I am happy this mother made the right choice for her baby.”
This is the fourth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2010, and the 80th since the program began nine 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.