The Safe Haven Law, 15 Years Later

15 years ago, Illinois passed the “Safe Haven Law” which allows the legal surrender of newborns to staff at safe haven locations with no questions asked.  Since the law went into effect, over 100 babies have been relinquished and adopted by loving families.  Please click here to learn more about how the law works and to get a glimpse into the lives of several of these amazing children.

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The Safe Haven Law states that an unharmed newborn, 30 days old or less, can be handed to staff at a firehouse, police station or hospital, with no questions asked and without fear of prosecution.

The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation was instrumental in the passage of the Newborn Infant Protection Act, or Safe Haven Law, in 2001.  15 years later, our mission remains the same, to  advocate for the newborns and birth parents in crisis.  SAB is thrilled to have been able to positively impact the lives of over 100 children and their families, but sadly, there is much work to be done.  Since the enactment of the Safe Haven Law, more than 80 babies have been illegally abandoned and half of those abandonments have resulted in the death of the child.

Please help us spread the word about the Illinois Safe Haven Law.  Tell a friend. Talk about it. You might safe a life.

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The Safe Haven Law, 15 Years Later

As of 2016, 3317 infants have been safely surrendered to Safe Havens nationally.

Please help us continue our passion, commitment and dedication to spreading awareness of Safe Haven laws.