39 babies safely surrendered in Kern County thanks to program

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Kern County program has saved 39 babies and saved mothers from crisis or hardship.

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the situation of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations, officials said.

The law’s intent is to save babies by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked, rather than let the babies be abandoned.

To date, 39 babies have been safely surrendered in Kern County since 2006, officials said.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors declared February "Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month."

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