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 a safely surrendered newborn baby girl. This most recent safe surrender occurred on May 26, 2014 at a fire station in Lancaster.
As is standard practice, the newborn is in protective custody and will be placed with families approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.
“Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, a tragic situation has been avoided and a baby girl has a second chance at life to be part of a loving family,” said Supervisor Knabe. “As word continues to spread about the Program, desperate mothers in similar situations can make the right choice for their babies and themselves, because of Safe Surrender.”
This is the fourth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2014, and the 117th since the program began nearly 13 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.
To learn more about the Safe Surrender Program, visit BabySafeLA.org.