The general process described by law is that any personnel on duty at a Safe Surrender Site shall accept physical custody of a minor child 72 hours old or younger and then do the following:
1. Place a coded confidential bracelet on the child.
2. Provide, or make a good faith effort to provide, to the parent or other individual surrendering the child, a copy of a unique, coded, confidential ankle bracelet identification in order to facilitate reclaiming the child.
3. Provide, or make a good faith effort to provide, to the parent or other individual surrendering the child a medical information form questionnaire. (The medical information questionnaire may be declined, or later filled out and mailed in the envelope provided.)
4. Personnel of a safe surrender site that has physical custody of the minor child shall ensure that a medical screening examination and any necessary medical care is provided to the minor child.
5. As soon as possible, but in no event later than 48 hours after the physical custody of the minor child has been accepted, personnel of the safe surrender site that has physical custody of the child shall notify child protective services or a county agency providing child welfare services.
- In Los Angeles County, personnel can contact the Department of Children and Family Services.
- Outside of Los Angeles County, personnel who does not have the number to their child welfare services agency can contact the Safe Surrender Hotline at 1-877-222-9723. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
6. Any medical information pertinent to the child's health, including, but not limited to, information obtained through the medical information questionnaire shall be provided to the child protective services or county agency.
7. Any personal identifying information that pertains to the patent or individual who surrendered a child, obtained through the medical information questionnaire is confidential and shall be exempt from disclosure to the child protective services or county agency per the California Public Records Act.