Did You Know?—California Safe House

Did you know?

Seen in Los Angeles on September 21, 2018.

California fire station safe house

A Safe House is a location, usually a hospital or fire station, where newborn infants can be surrendered within 72 hours of birth with no questions asked.

It’s sad that we need Safe Houses but the alternative is worse.

Safe Houses were created in January 2001 by the Safely Surrendered Baby Law in response to an increasing number of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations. The law was made permanent in January 2006.

From January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2015, 770 newborns were surrendered in California, with 84 newborns surrendered in 2015 calendar. Unfortunately, 169 infants were abandoned during the same period, five of which occurred in 2015.

Since the law was enacted, abandonments have decreased from 25 in 2002 to 5 or fewer in ever year since 2010, inclusive.

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7 thoughts on “Did You Know?—California Safe House

  1. acflory

    That’s so sad. Having the Offspring was a totally life changing experience for me. I shudder to think what kind of circumstances would force a young mother to give up her baby. I hope 2019 turns into a better year all round than 2018. -hugs-

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