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Safely Surrendered Baby Law

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the increasing number of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations. First created in January 2001, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law was signed permanently into state law in January 2006. The law's intent is to save lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked. BabySafe logo

From January 1, 2001, to March 31, 2014,621 newborns have been surrendered in California, and as of March 31, 2014, 15 newborns have been surrendered in 2014. The Department is currently working to improve data gathering and statistics for abandoned infants in order monitor the effectiveness of the Safely Surrendered Baby Law in preventing infant abandonment.


Safely Surrendered Baby Law Fast Facts

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THERE IS AN OPTION. DON'T ABANDON YOUR BABY.

Safe surrender sites are hospitals or other locations, typically fire stations, that are approved by the board of supervisors or fire agency in each county.

Safe surrender sites are required to display the blue and white logo to the right.

The toll-free telephone hotline numbers listed below provide the locations of safe surrender sites.


If you are looking for a safe surrender site in the following counties:
Alpine
Amador
Butte
Calaveras
Colusa
Del Norte
El Dorado
Glenn
Humboldt
Imperial
Inyo
Kings
Lake
Lassen
Los Angeles
Madera
Mariposa
Mendocino
Merced
Modoc
Mono
Nevada
Placer
Plumas
San Benito
San Joaquin
San Mateo
Santa Cruz
Shasta
Sierra
Siskiyou
Sutter
Tehama
Trinity
Tulare
Tuolumne
Yuba

Dial 1.877.BABY.SAF (1-877-222-9723)


If you are looking for a safe surrender site in the following counties:
Alameda
Contra Costa
Fresno
Kern
Marin
Monterey
Napa
Orange
Riverside
Sacramento
San Bernardino
San Diego
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara
Solano
Sonoma
Stanislaus
Ventura
Yolo

Dial 211

Optional Medical Questionnaire

Although a person surrendering a baby under the Safely Surrendered Baby Law will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire, the form is optional and is intended solely for the purpose of collecting medical information critical to the health and survival of the child. Any information that may identify the person surrendering the baby will be removed in order to maintain that person's confidentiality.

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Contacts

To order Safely Surrendered Baby posters and brochures, please visit SSB Publications . Los Angeles County residents, please visit Los Angeles County Health Services .

For more information on the Safely Surrendered Baby Law, please contact the Child Welfare Policy and Program Development Bureau at (916) 651-6160.

For media inquiries, please call the Office of Public Affairs at (916) 657-2268.

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