On Christmas Eve, Noel Becomes 82nd Infant Safely Surrendered in L.A.

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safe surrender program saves babyThe Los Angeles County safe Surrender Program celebrated another success on Christmas Eve. According to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, this is the sixth baby surrendered this year.

“This case could have ended in tragedy, but because of the safe Surrender program, this baby girl has a long life ahead of her,” Knabe said. “I am happy this mother made the right choice for her baby.”

On December 24 at 2:5 p.m., the mother entered Los Angeles Fire Department Station 46 near the Coliseum and presented the crew with the newborn baby, which was just six hours old. As is standard practice, the baby girl, nicknamed Noel, is in protective custody and will be placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.

Noel is the 82nd “Safe Surrender” since the program began nine years ago. The Safe Surrender Program, which was initiated by Supervisor Knabe and approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in 2001, allows parents to surrender an infant that is no more than three days old at any County fire station or hospital emergency room without fear of prosecution. As long as the infant shows no signs of abuse, the Safe Surrender Program guarantees confidentiality, seven days a week, 24-hours a day.

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