City of Vernon California

Safe Surrender Program

Vernon Fire Department is a strong supporter of the Safe Surrender Program. All Vernon Fire Stations have been designated as Safe Surrender facilities.

What is Safe Surrender?

The Safe Surrender Baby Law (also known as the Safe Haven Law or Newborn Abandonment Law) was signed into law 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. The law allows a parent or legal guardian to confidentially surrender an infant, three days old or younger, to any designated Safe Surrender facility. As long as the baby has not been abused or neglected, the person may surrender the baby without fear of arrest or prosecution for child abandonment.

Safe Surrender BrochureNo names are required and the parent(s) will not be subject to prosecution for child abandonment. The baby will receive needed medical treatment and be placed in an adoptive home.

For additional information about the Safe Surrender Baby Law please visit the California Department of Social Service website at

  Safe Surrender Brochure - "There is an option. Don't abandon your baby"