Safe Surrender

Are you pregnant? Not ready to be a parent? Feel alone? Don’t know what to do? Want to protect your newborn baby? Need help or someone to talk to anonymously?

Some parents of newborns can find themselves in difficult circumstances. Sadly, babies are sometimes harmed or abandoned by parents who feel that they’re not ready or able to raise a child, or don’t know there are other options. Many of these mothers or fathers are afraid and don’t know where to turn for help.

This is why California has a Safely Surrendered Baby Law, which gives parents or guardians the choice to legally and safely surrender their baby at any hospital or fire station in Orange County, no questions asked.

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law

The state of California passed the Safely Surrendered Baby Law to give parents or guardians the choice to legally and safely leave a baby three days old or younger with an employee at any Orange County hospital or fire station, no questions asked. The parent or guardian may surrender the baby without fear of arrest or prosecution for child abandonment.

How to Surrender a Baby

If you think this is the right choice for you, here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to a Safe Surrender site  (at any Orange County hospital or fire station) and give the baby to an employee within 72 hours of the baby’s birth.
  • Fill out a voluntary and anonymous medical history form (or take one home and mail it back later) to help provide medical care for the baby.
  • Obtain an I.D. bracelet that matches one that will be fastened to the baby’s ankle. The bracelet will help you get the baby back if you change your mind (you have 14 days from the day of surrender).
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