How to Surrender a Baby

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law gives parents the choice to legally leave their baby with an employee at any Los Angeles County hospital or fire station at any time, no questions asked.

If you think this is the right choice for you, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to a Safe Surrender site  (at any Los Angeles County hospital or fire station) and give the baby to an employee within 72 hours of the baby’s birth.
  2. Fill out a voluntary and anonymous medical history form (or take one home and mail it back later) to help provide medical care for the baby.
  3. Obtain an I.D. bracelet that matches one that will be fastened to the baby’s ankle. The bracelet will help you get the baby back if you change your mind (you have 14 days from the day of surrender).

No other questions will be asked.

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions  or call 1-877-222-9723