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SSB Data

From January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2017, there have been 931 newborns surrendered in California. This is compared with 164 infants abandoned since 2001, identified according to CDSS Methodology. Available data indicates a generally decreasing trend of abandonments since enactment of the SSB Law, from 25 cases in 2002 to five or fewer cases per year since 2010, representing a decrease of at least 80% (calendar year 2006 appears to be an exception to the trend of decreasing abandonments). The CDSS continues to identify abandonment cases from various sources and will continue to report updates to this trend.

Safely Surrendered Baby Data

Year Reclaimed Safely
Surrendered
Total
Abandoned
Abandoned
Surviving
Abandoned
Deceased
2001 0 2 20 7 13
2002 0 17 25 13 12
2003 0 25 13 5 8
2004 1 33 19 7 12
2005 0 52 11 4 7
2006 0 65 26 10 16
2007 1 47 8 4 4
2008 0 61 12 3 9
2009 1 57 8 2 6
2010 5 71 5 2 3
2011 2 48 5 1 4
2012 4 72 3 0 3
2013 2 62 6 2 4**
2014 0 74 6 4 2**
2015 7 83 5 5 0
2016 5 74 3 3 0
2017 5 88 1 1 0
2018 3 79 0 0 0
2019 1 79 0 0 0
TOTAL 36 1010* 176 73*** 103***

SSB Total Abandoned Infants Graph