Safely Surrendered Baby

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Kern County Safely Surrendered Baby logo

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the increasing number of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations. First created in January 2001, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law was signed permanently into state law in January 2006. The law’s intent is to save lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked.

The Safely Surrendered Baby law provides a safe alternative to abandonment of a new born baby. The intent of the law is to provide freedom from prosecution and maintenance of confidentiality for the individual safely surrendering a baby within 72 hours of birth to any fire station or emergency room in Kern County.

A statewide, toll-free hotline (1-877-BABYSAF) or (1-877-222-9723) provides safe surrender baby site locations throughout the state.


Baby in hand

Safe surrender sites are required to display the blue and white logo to the right.

Although a person surrendering a baby under the Safely Surrendered Baby Law will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire, the form is optional and is intended solely for the purpose of collecting medical information critical to the health and survival of the child. Any information that may identify the person surrendering the baby will be removed in order to maintain that person’s confidentiality.

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SSB County Letters and Notices

Letters and Notices from Other Agencies

If you have made the courageous decision to leave your baby in the safe and good care of a hospital, police station, fire station or emergency medical services provider. Your baby will be well taken care of and, eventually, be adopted into a safe, loving, permanent home. Now it’s time to make sure that you are healthy.

It’s a good idea to see a doctor or go to the health department for an examination. For information about health services near you in Kern County, call: 661-321-3000 or dial 2-1-1.