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Sometimes pregnancy can be an overwhelming and fearful experience. Sometimes parents-to-be don't feel that they can handle the prospect of being responsible for a new life, not to mention their own.

Like all counties in California, San Francisco allows parents to surrender an unwanted infant up to three days old without fear of prosecution.


A newborn infant can be taken to any San Francisco hospital emergency room or fire station. No one will take the parent's name. The parent and the baby will be given matching coded, confidential identity bracelets so that if the parent changes his or her mind, the parent can get the baby back.

We want to make sure that you are getting the help you need. Here is the number you can call to get help: (415) 441-5437. This is the phone number to Talk Line's 24-Hour Hot Line. They will provide you with information on where to get medical treatment and supportive services in San Francisco, as well as other support you may need. You can also call the State of California toll-free hotline at 1-877-222-9723, and they will provide you with information including safe surrender baby site locations throughout the state of California.