December 28, 2016

Hahn Announces 150th Baby Safely Surrendered Since Program Began

San Pedro, CA — Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that a baby boy was safely surrendered at a hospital in Pomona. The baby is the 8th to be surrendered in 2016 and the 150th to be surrendered since LA County’s Safe Surrender Program began in 2001. The program was launched and championed by Supervisor Hahn’s predecessor, former LA County Supervisor Don Knabe.

“The surrender of this baby boy marks an incredible milestone for the Safe Surrender program and is a testament to the work of my predecessor, Don Knabe,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “His Safe Surrender program has now saved the lives of 150 babies and given them the opportunity to grow up with loving families. As a new member of the Board of Supervisors, I hope to build on his work and champion this life-saving program. We must continue to raise awareness so that any mother in LA County who finds herself in a desperate and impossible situation knows that they can get their baby to safe hands in a way that is safe, secure, and anonymous.”

Parents or guardians may legally and safely leave a baby three days old or younger with an employee at any Los Angeles County hospital or fire station, no questions asked. They will not face arrest or prosecution for child abandonment.

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