In July 2002, ICAN convened a multi-disciplinary group of interested agency representatives to identify data elements to be collected for safely surrendered and abandoned infants (those who survive and those who do not) as well as their mothers and fathers. Data elements were identified based on their usefulness in best implementing the law in Los Angeles County. In other words, the group sought to determine the characteristics of women who took advantage of SSBL and the characteristics of women who continued to abandon their newborns in an unsafe manner. On a broader level, the group wanted to establish data that would aid in analyzing the overall effectiveness of the law.
Throughout the past ten years, ICAN has collected data with the assistance of the Department of Coroner and the Department of Children and Family Services. The body of this report presents a breakdown and analysis of the data collected for safely surrendered and abandoned infants for the years 2002 - 2011. This report also addresses the positive outcomes of the SSBL and Los Angeles County's efforts to implement the law: the adoption of eighty-three safely surrendered infants and the safe reclamation of five infants.
Safely Surrendered Baby Law Training Presentation