4 Safe Surrender Sites established in Truckee area for newborns
TRUCKEE, Calif. — 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.
From Jan. 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2014, a total of 685 newborns were surrendered in California, and 73 newborns were surrendered during the 2014 calendar year. This is compared with 164 infants abandoned since 2001, five of which occurred in the 2014 calendar year.
Locally, there are four Truckee Fire Protection District staffed stations recently became Safe Surrender Sites for newborns. Below are their locations:
• 11473 Donner Pass Road, Truckee
• 10277 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee
• 10900 Manchester Drive, Truckee (in Glenshire)
• 53823 Sherrit Lane, Soda Springs
Visit http://www.babysafe.ca.gov for information on Safe Surrender Sites and the Safely Surrendered Baby Law.
This article was submitted by the Truckee Fire Protection District. Visit truckeefire.org to learn more.