Some parents of newborns can find themselves in difficult circumstances. Sadly, babies are sometimes harmed or abandoned by parents who feel that they’re not ready or able to raise a child, or don’t know there are other options. Many of these mothers or fathers are afraid and don’t know where to turn for help.
This is why California has a Safely Surrendered Baby Law, which gives parents or guardians the choice to legally and safely surrender their baby at any hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County, no questions asked.
If you have questions about the law or how to safely surrender a baby, please see the Frequently Asked Questions. For more information about the law itself, please see the legislation passed on August 1, 2003 which strengthened the existing Safely Surrendered Baby Law.
|1999||0||6 (6 of whom died)|
|2000||0||3 (3 of whom died)|
|2001||0||14 (11 of whom died)|
|2002||10||13 (8 of whom died)|
|2003||8||8 (7 of whom died)|
|2004||10||8 (7 of whom died)|
|2005||8||4 (4 of whom died)|
|2006||11||7 (5 of whom died)|
|2007||15||3 (3 of whom died)|
|2008||7||7 (2 of whom died)|
|2009||7||3 (2 of whom died)|
|2010||7||3 (3 of whom died)|
|2011||5||1 (1 of whom died)|
|2012||12||2 (2 of whom died)|
|2013||6||1 (1 of whom died)|
For more information about the children that have been surrendered since the Safely Surrendered Baby law was passed, please see the most recent report from the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Los Angeles County has worked hard to ensure that the Safely Surrendered Baby Law prevents babies from being abandoned. We’re happy to report that this law is doing exactly what it was designed to do: save the lives of innocent babies.