LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO LAUNCH NEW BABY SAFE SURRENDER OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
New campaign will remind desperate mothers that “There is a better choice” for their baby.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe will highlight the success of the County’s Baby Safe Surrender program with the launch of a new awareness campaign and the celebration of a former Safe Surrender baby’s 4th birthday. The new Baby Safe Surrender campaign will expand the program’s outreach to communities across Los Angeles County by launching in multiple languages, collaborating with community-based organizations and relying on a mix of traditional and grassroots awareness efforts.
The recent discovery of an abandoned baby boy in South El Monte, and the Safe Surrender of a newborn girl a few days later, is a reminder that more work must be done to spread the word about Baby Safe Surrender. The Baby Safe Surrender program was created to give a mother, no matter the situation, a safe, secure and anonymous way to get her child into safe hands—No shame, No blame, No names. Nicholas’ 4th birthday is a reminder of the 109 precious lives saved by the Baby Safe Surrender program. It is a celebration of all the children who were given a second chance at life by mothers who made the right choice for their baby and for themselves.
Elected Officials and community leaders speaking at the event and available for interviews:
Additional attendees available for interviews:
Thursday September 26, 2013 at 3:00pm
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street, 90012 | Across from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels
Parking for media available in front of building.
Established by Supervisor Knabe in 2001, the Baby Safe Surrender program allows a parent or legal guardian to confidentially hand over an infant, three days old or younger, to any hospital emergency room or fire station in Los Angeles County. As long as the baby has not been abused or neglected, the person may surrender the baby without fear of arrest or prosecution for child abandonment. Since the program began, 109 babies have been safely surrendered in Los Angeles County, including six this year.