Safely Surrender Baby Program
Safely Surrendered Baby Law
California’s “Safely Surrendered Baby Law” went into effect January 1, 2001. This law allows for the legal surrender of a newborn within three days of birth. Newborns can only be surrendered by the birth parent, or adult with legal custody of the child. Newborns can be confidentially and safely surrendered at a hospital emergency room or other designated location.
Safe Haven for Newborns Program
The City of Soledad Fire Department plays a pivotal role in the Safe Haven for Newborns Program, which designates the Soledad Fire Department as a surrender site for newborn infants. Members of the Fire Department assume responsibility for the safety and medical treatment of infants placed in their care.
For more information on the Safely Surrendered Baby Law, please contact the Office of Child Abuse Prevention at (916) 651-6960, or the Soledad Fire Department at (831) 223-5100.