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February Is Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the increasing number of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations. First created in January 2001, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law was signed permanently into state law in January 2006. The law's intent is to save lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked.
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Safe surrender sites are hospitals or other locations, typically fire stations, that are approved by the board of supervisors or fire agency in each county. Safe surrender sites are required to display the blue logo shown to the right.†

For more information, visit the babysafe website .


CDSS Announces New CalWORKs Housing Support Program

The CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP) is a new program designed to provide housing assistance to CalWORKs families that are experiencing homelessness. Find out more about the program .


State Halts Implementation of Overtime for In-Home Supportive Services Program


Adoptee, Birth Parents, Siblings of Adoptees are you looking for one another? We can help!

Visit†the Adoptee, Birth Parents, Siblings of Adoptees web site.

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