Mother credits safe surrender program for saving her kids’ lives


A south valley mother is trying to spread the word on safe surrender sites after a baby was found abandoned in Madera earlier this week. She feels if more people knew about the program, more lives could be saved.

Dawn Robinson is adopted herself, so ten years ago when she and her husband were ready for kids — they started the process. That’s when she found out about the state’s Safe Surrendered Baby law.

“When we said we wanted an infant, [they said] well we’ll hope for a safe surrender. [We asked] what’s that,” Robinson said.

It’s through safe surrender the Robinsons are able to have their daughter Willow and son Tyler today. The two children were surrendered by their original parents.

The program is simple. A baby can be left at a safe surrender designated site — like a hospital or fire station — within the first three days of its life. No questions asked. Locations are determined by a county’s board of supervisors.

Robinson calls it a win-win and that’s why it hurts when she hears of incidents like the one in Madera this week.

“It crushes me. There’s somebody out there that will do anything to take care of that baby,” she said. “On the other hand, these people that feel like they have no choice, it’s terrible for them, too. There’s hope.”

In the end, she hopes the Madera case spreads awareness and helps promote the program.

“If there’s publicity out there, like at grocery stores or doctors’ offices, then you will more likely be aware of it and be willing to just go straight to the hospital,” Robinson said.

People who surrender an infant have 14 days to reclaim that infant, again no questions asked.

Madera County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still on the lookout for whoever abandoned the baby found early Monday morning. Give them a call if you know anything.

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