Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced Thursday an expansion of outreach efforts to spread word of the Safe Surrender program that allows parents to turn over unwanted newborns with no questions asked.
Knabe, who has championed the program since its inception, said that while 109 infants have been turned over through the program, the recent abandonment of a baby in South El Monte showed there is still more work to do.
"So the whole message of this is there's a better choice to safely surrender your baby," Knabe told KNX Newsradio on Thursday. "We're going to put it out in multiple languages. We still have our hotline 24/7, bumper stickers, billboards, brochures, laundromat posters, Metro buses, trains, as well as an updated website."
At an afternoon event, Knabe also helped celebrate the fourth birthday of Nicholas, who was safely surrendered as a baby.
The Safe Surrender program was established in 2001. It allows a parent or legal guardian to surrender an infant up to three days old to any hospital emergency room or fire station in the county.