Supervisor Knabe visited by ‘Safe Surrender’ baby, Tal, two years after abandonment

<strong>Tal (center), who was safely surrendered almost two years ago, and his adoptive mother, Barbara Gallen, visit with Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.</strong>

Last week, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe received a special visit from Tal, one of the 83 Safe Surrenders that have occurred in Los Angeles County.
In California, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows an individual to safely give up an unwanted infant with no fear of arrest or prosecution for abandonment as long as the baby has not been abused or neglected. The law does not require that names be given when the baby is surrendered. Parents are permitted to bring a baby within three days of birth to any designated hospital staff or designated fire station in the County of Los Angeles. The baby is placed in a pre-adoptive home while the adoption process gets underway.
The Safely Surrendered Baby Law (also known as the Safe Haven Law or Newborn Abandonment Law) was signed into law by Governor Davis in September 2000 and went into effect on January 1, 2001. The purpose of the law is to protect babies from being hurt or killed because they were abandoned.
Tal, who was safely surrendered almost two years ago, stopped by with his adoptive mother, Barbara Gallen, and spent time talking with Knabe.
“It was very moving to meet Tal and his mom and to see the people whose lives have been dramatically impacted by Safe Surrender,” said Knabe. “While this could have been a tragedy, a young boy now has a long life ahead of him. I hope their story will help spread the word about Safe Surrender and encourage others to make the right choice for their baby.”


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