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Supervisor Don Knabe

Supervisor Don Knabe

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is proud to announce that the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the ninth time this year with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby boy. This most recent Safe Surrender occurred earlier today, August 11, at a hospital in Los Angeles.

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.

“A week after a newborn baby boy was found abandoned in a stroller on a street in south Los Angeles, and one day after another baby was abandoned in Santa Clarita, I am thrilled to hear that a mother made the better choice and safely surrendered her baby boy,” said Supervisor Knabe. “The recent abandonments of two newborns in Los Angeles County were near tragedies, but they were also opportunities for us to remind mothers, who may find themselves alone and in a desperate situation, that there are options to hand-over their baby safely and anonymously—No shame. No blame. No names. Thank you to our partners in the media for reminding the public about the Safe Surrender program.”

This is the ninth Safe Surrender in Los Angeles County in 2015, and the 133rd since the program began nearly 14 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.

 

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  1. Whenever you criticize a safe haven advocate they get hostile. But with the extremely poor record of the California safe haven law you have to begin to look at why it’s not succeeding.
    Fact number 1: ONLY the lowest number of abandonments shows how successful your safe haven law program and awareness is.
    Fact number 2: The number of safe surrenders in no way shows how successful a safe haven law program is.
    Fact number 3: Having BOTH the lowest number of abandonments and lowest number of safe surrenders shows how successful your program is.
    Here’s why. Massachusetts has lowered its number of abandonments by 90%. 90% lower!!!!! It’s the most incredible statistic in the history of Baby Safe Haven laws. To go from three times annual abandonments, on average, with half deadly to only one deadly newborn abandonment in 8.5+ years. Only three total abandonments in that same time period. And as the awareness increased and drove those abandonment numbers down the number of safely surrendered babies also went down. Fewer and fewer women were BOTH abandoning babies, and having home births that more likely result in abandonments. MORE and more women were turning to adoption and parenting plans in MA.
    Massachusetts ONLY uses YOUTH SPOKESPEOPLE!!!! NO 70 year old media hoarding “officials.”
    Using youth culture awareness SAVES THE MOST LIVES!!!! To be honest the 70+ year old is looking ridiculously-pathetically OLD to teens and twenty somethings — who need to hear from their young female peers, not a very, very old man. You have Hollywood and the LA music industry in you home town, USE IT!!!!
    Here’s what a teen looks like doing your job, and doing it tonight as you media hoard away all youth involvement!
    https://youtu.be/ydyvUla7AqU

  2. Abortion is, and always will be, legal.

  3. Denice Lyke Denice Lyke says:

    See?? Wasn’t that hard! Drop your baby off safely and move on with your life. At least the baby will get a chance at normalcy…not in some dumpster being picked apart by who knows what.

  4. John Gilbert John Gilbert says:

    …No Responsibility, No Accountibility, No problem.

  5. John Gilbert
    This is good news. Whatever made this mother do this is better that abortion or leaving it out in an unsafe place. This must not be an easy choice either way. You don’t know the mothers situation.

  6. She took her baby to a hospital to be surrendered. Rather hear this, than a baby being abandoned in the trash, on the street, or physically harmed.

  7. Monica Kelsey says:

    This is great news!! Job well done!

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