February is Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month

FILE - A sign is on display at Kern Medical in Bakersfield, Calif., during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, on the Safely Surrendered Baby Law. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Kern County officials are using the month of February to spread the word on the Safely Surrendered Baby Law.

Heidi Carter-Escudero, of the Kern County Department of Human Services, and Roberto Figueroa, of the Kern County Fire Department, stopped by Eyewitness News on Tuesday to talk about the law that’s designed to give new mothers in crisis an alternative to abandoning their babies.

The law allows a mother to give their child, within 72 hours of birth, to officials at any fire station or hospital emergency room, no questions asked.

Eight babies were safely surrendered in Kern County last year, according to the Department of Human Services.

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