Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the fifth time this year with the report of another safely surrendered newborn. This most recent safe surrender occurred at Los Angeles County Fire Station 87, located in the unincorporated area of the City of Industry.
The mother entered the fire station today at 3:00pm and presented the crew with the newborn baby, which was three hours old. As is standard practice, the baby boy 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 boy has a long life ahead of him,” said Supervisor Knabe. “I am happy this mother made the right choice for her baby.”
This is the fifth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2010, and the 81st 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.