If you decide you cannot keep your baby and want the baby to be adopted, there is a safe and responsible solution.


Safe Surrender means you or a responsible adult can place your unharmed baby, up to seven (7) days old, in the temporary custody of a:

· Health Care Provider

· Law Enforcement Officer

· Social Worker

· Ambulance/Emergency Worker

· Any Responsible Adult (who will then notify DSS or Law Enforcement)


You do not have to give any identifying information.


When you give your newborn up, he or she is taken to the nearest hospital.  There the child is checked and the Stokes County Department of Social Services will be contacted.  The Department has a list of families approved to adopt and foster children.  A family who will provide a healthy and safe home will be chosen for your newborn.


The Department is also an adoption agency.  DSS will do all the necessary paperwork to complete the adoption as quickly as possible.


If you need someone to talk to, a social worker will be there to listen and help.  Everything you say will be confidential.



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Stacey S. Elmes, Director


1010 Main Street

PO Box 30

Danbury, NC 27016



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Where You Can Leave Your Baby

Ambulance/Fire/County Law Enforcement


Stokes County Department of Social Services

1010 Main Street

Danbury, NC 27016

(336) 593-2861


Pioneer Community Hospital

1570 Hwy 8/89 North

Danbury, NC 27016

(336) 593-2831

Pioneer Medical Center of King

(Surgical Center)

402 West King Street

Hours Of Operation: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

(336) 983-9617

Pioneer Medical Center of King

(Urgent Care/Radiology/Lab/etc.)

167 Moore Road

King, NC 27021

Hours Of Operation: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

(336) 983-9617

Forsyth Medical Center

3333 Silas Creek Parkway

Winston Salem, NC 27103

(336) 718-2001

Wake Forest University

Baptist Medical Center

Medical Center Boulevard

Winston Salem, NC 27157

(336) 716-3513

Law Enforcement

Stokes County Sheriff’s Department

1012 Main Street

Danbury, NC 27016

(336) 593-8787

King Police Department

110 West King Street

King, NC 27021

(336) 983-0886