Knabe issued the following news release:
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the second time this month with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby girl. This most recent safe surrender occurred on January 22, 2014 at a hospital in Torrance. A newborn baby girl was safely surrendered earlier this month at a hospital in Culver City.
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, these baby girls have a second chance at life,” said Supervisor Knabe. “What could have been a tragic situation is instead a decision that allows these girls the chance to be part of a loving family. As word continues to spread about the Program, others in similar situations can make the right choice for their babies and themselves, because of Safe Surrender.”
This is the second Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2014, and the 115th 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.