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San Andreas, CA — Prevent Child Abuse Council Calaveras and prevention partners are working to increase knowledge of a California law to protect infants.

California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows a parent or anyone authorized by a parent to surrender a baby confidentially within 72 hours of birth to a worker at any hospital or designated fire station. Two new signs in English and Spanish have been placed outside the Emergency Room entrance to Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital. It is one of three designated Safe Surrender sites in Calaveras County. The two other sites include Ebbetts Pass fire Protection District One and Central Calaveras Fire & Rescue Protection District.

There have been no babies abandoned in Calaveras County but Fire Chief Dave Baugher of Ebbetts Pass Fire District says firefighters and personnel at designated fire stations are prepared if a baby is received.  For more information contact Prevent Child Abuse Council Calaveras at 209-754-6917 or visit their website at

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  • Mark Twain Medical Center