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.
Where You Can Leave Your Baby
Ambulance/Fire/County Law Enforcement
Stokes County Department of Social Services
Forsyth Medical Center
Wake Forest University
Stokes County Sheriff’s Department
King Police Department