A newborn boy was brought to a fire station in Lancaster this morning, the second time this week and 12th time this year that an infant was turned over under the Safe Surrender law in Los Angeles County.
The child was placed into protective custody and will be placed with a
family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family services,
as will a newborn girl brought to a hospital in Long Beach on Friday, according
to county Supervisor Don Knabe.
“I am thrilled to hear that, in less than a week, two babies have been
given a second chance at life and the opportunity to grow up in a loving family
thanks to the Safe Surrender program,” Knabe said.
The newborn in Lancaster was the 136th infant to be surrendered in Los
Angeles County since the program began nearly 14 years ago.
The law allows someone to surrender an infant that is no more than 3
days old at a fire station or hospital, provided there are no signs of abuse.
Knabe was a key sponsor of the program, which was unanimously approved
by the Board of Supervisors in 2001.
More about the program can be found at www.BabySafeLA.org.