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Safely Surrendered Baby Program

Safely Surrendered Baby

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The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District has two locations that meet the requirements if needed to Safely Surrender your Baby

Fire Station 61
911 Walnut Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
&
Fire Station 62
2375 Lillie Ave
Summerland, CA 93067

If neither of these locations meets your needs or you are unable to contact someone at the Fire Station, Please call 211 for the closest Safe Surrender Site


California law provides a safe alternative for the surrender of a newborn baby in specified circumstances. 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 Process:

  • 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.
  • A medical questionnaire must be offered, however it is a voluntary document and can be declined. The questionnaire is offered solely for the 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.

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"The extreme timeliness of the crew's response was actually a giant benefit and we will never need to know what great damage she would have experienced had the response not been so very rapid."
Leonard Cole
Captain, LAFD Ret.