DA reminds newborns can be safely surrendered

DA reminds newborns can be safely surrendered

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office made a public
service announcement today to remind Californians that state law
allows a parent to confidentially surrender a newborn baby to a
safe surrender site
– such as a hospital or fire station – within three days of
birth.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office made a public service announcement today to remind Californians that state law allows a parent to confidentially surrender a newborn baby to a safe surrender site – such as a hospital or fire station – within three days of birth.

“A parent who voluntarily surrenders a newborn is not required to provide any personal identifying information. Any identifying information willingly provided will be kept confidential,” according to Jeff Rosen, the county’s district attorney.

Newborns can be surrendered to hospitals or fire stations 24 hours a day: Chestnut Station, 7070 Chestnut Street; Las Animas Station, 8383 Wren Avenue; Sunrise Station, 880 Sunrise Drive. Also newborns can be surrendered to the area’s county fire stations: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 10810 No Name Uno; and 15670 Monterey Road in Morgan Hill.

According to the safe surrender law, parents who comply with the law can’t be prosecuted for child abandonment or failing to provide for the child, and the parent may seek to reclaim the child within two weeks.

You can also dial 1-877-BABY-SAF (1-877-222-9723) for more safe surrender sites near where you live. Or go to www.babysafe.ca.gov. All 50 states have laws in place to discourage baby abandonment.

As of March 31, 11 newborns have been safely surrendered in California, and from Jan. 1, 2001 through March of this year, 407 newborns have been safely surrendered in California.

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