Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the second time this week with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby boy. This most recent safe surrender occurred on July 9th, 2014 at a fire station in Pico Rivera. A newborn baby girl was safely surrendered on July 6 at a hospital in Lynwood.
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.
“It’s incredible that we have had two Safe Surrenders in one week,” said Supervisor Knabe. “As word continues to spread about the program, mothers in a desperate situation learn that they have a better option. Because of their courageous decisions, these babies have a chance at a new life with a loving family.”
This is the ninth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2014, and the 122nd 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.