A newborn girl was safely surrendered at a fire station in Lancaster on Monday, Los Angeles County officials announced this week.
The newborn was placed into protective custody and will be with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services. The surrender marks the fourth time so far this year that a newborn has been placed in the county's Safe Surrender Program.
"Thanks to the Safe Surrender program, a tragic situation has been avoided and a baby girl has a second chance at life to be a part of a loving family," said county Supervisor Don Knabe in a news release Thursday.
He added: "Desperate mothers in similar situations can make the right choice for their babies and themselves because of Safe Surrender."
The program, championed by Knabe, began 13 years ago and has helped place more than 100 newborns in homes, according to Baby Safe L.A.'s website.
Newborns can be surrendered to any hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County no questions asked so long as the infants are no more than three days old and show no signs of abuse.