Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the fourth time this year, and the second time this week, with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby girl. This most recent safe surrender occurred on July 9, 2012 at a hospital in Lancaster.
A second newborn was also safely surrendered on July 9 at a hospital in Pomona. As is standard practice, the baby girls are 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, these baby girls have a second chance at life and hope for bright futures,” said Supervisor Knabe. “I’m thankful that these mothers decided to surrender their babies, rather than put them in a harmful situation. As word spreads about the Program, mothers in desperate situations can make the right choice for her baby, because of Safe Surrender.”
These are the third and fourth Safe Surrenders in Los Angeles County in 2012, and the 92nd and 93rd since the program began over ten 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 nomore than three days old, as long as the infant shows no signs of abuse.