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safely surrender

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law, signed permanently into state law in 2006, allows parents or other persons, with lawful custody, which means anyone to whom the parent has given permission, to confidentially surrender a baby. As long as the baby is three days (72 hours) of age or younger and has not been abused or neglected, the baby may be surrendered without fear of arrest or prosecution.

The law requires the baby be taken to a public or private hospital, designated fire station or other safe surrender site. No questions will be asked. A medical questionnaire will be offered for the sole purpose of collecting medical information critical to the health and survival of the infant. All identifying information that pertains to a parent or individual who surrenders a child is strictly confidential. The medical questionnaire is a voluntary document and can be declined.

Additional information:

City of Sacramento Fire Stations Locations

Safely Surrendered Baby Law Fact Sheet

Senate Bill No. 1368

Senate Bill No. 116