Safe Surrender


The Safe Surrender Program allows a birth parent, or any adult with legal custody of the child, who is either unwilling or unable to care for their newborn, the option to legally, confidentially and safely surrender that child to a hospital emergency room or other designated location within 3 days of birth, without criminal prosecution for child abandonment. This program was enacted to address frequent cases of abandoned infants in California who die due to lack of medical care.


Our Fire Stations have been designated as safe surrender sites. Members of our Fire District will assume responsibility for the safety and medical treatment of infants surrendered to them and placed in their care. 

California's Safely Surrendered Baby Law