Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced the County's Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the first time this year with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby girl. This most recent safe surrender occurred on January 4, 2014 at a hospital in Culver City.
Knabe did not name the hospital in his press release.
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.
"There is no better way to start the new year then to learn of the healthy and safe surrender of a newborn baby girl," said Supervisor Knabe. "What could have been a tragic situation is instead a decision that is allowing a child a 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. What better way to begin a new year than with the gift of life for this baby girl."
This is the first Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2014, and the 114th 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.