NORTH COAST- "No shame, no blame, no names,” that is the slogan given to California's Safely Surrendered baby law, and a program two North Coast fire departments could soon be a part of.
On Tuesday the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will vote to designate Humboldt Bay Fire and Arcata Fire Protection District as safe surrender sites. “Any parent or person with lawful custody of a child may give him or her up without fear of arrest for child abandonment,” said Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Chris Jelinek.
A parent who is unable or unwilling to care for an infant can legally surrender their baby within three days to any designated site. The law has been in effect since 2006, but each hospital in the state is mandated by law as a surrender site. If the supervisors approve the resolution, the two fire departments could become the first firehouses in Humboldt county to become a designated site.