The Safely Surrendered Baby Law (SSB) was implemented on January 1, 2001. In October 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation extending the SSB Law permanently, effective January 1, 2006.
The Law Under the SSB law, a parent or person with lawful custody can safely surrender a baby confidentially and without fear of prosecution within 72 hours of birth.
The SSB 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.
The SSB law provides a safe alternative to desperate mothers who are unwilling or unable to keep their babies.
Babies who are safely surrendered at a hospital are given medical treatment and placed in a foster home or pre-adoptive home.
At the time of surrender, a bracelet is placed on the baby for identification purposes and a matching bracelet provided to the parent or lawful guardian in case the baby is reclaimed.
A parent or person with lawful custody has up to 14 days from the time of surrender to reclaim their baby.
There is an option.