Being a Safe Haven baby makes eight-year-old Riley feel awesome and strong. With much charm and confidence, Riley says, “When I first knew I was a safe haven baby, I thought, that was one special kid”. Cheryl, Riley’s mother, said
Many people are unaware that if a parent of a newborn child in Illinois feels unable or unwilling to keep their baby, he or she can bring the infant to a hospital, emergency medical facility or police or fire station
Hope’s Garden was started in the spring of 2017 by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. Since then, the garden has produced healthy and very needed produce for those in need in our communitites. Hope’s Garden is a collaboration between the
CHICAGO, IL – A campaign is being launched by Illinois officials and advocates to promote the Safe Haven Law that allows babies to be turned over to appropriate safe haven staff, legally and safely.
“Baby Sunday” was born 10 years ago in the emergency room of West Suburban Medical Center. Her birth mother immediately handed her over to hospital staff under the Illinois Safe Haven Law. She wasn’t unwanted for long!
Trinity Haack and Zoe Wituk were reunited yesterday at a Wheaton Park. These two toddlers share a story. Both were relinquished at safe havens in the Chicago area by mothers using Illinois’ Safe Haven Law.
Jenny Paul knows that one day her 2-year-old daughter, Megan, will begin asking questions about her birth mother that Jenny won’t have answers to.
On Friday, a 21-year-old former University of Illinois college student was sentenced to ten years in prison for the suffocation murder of her newborn son, whom she gave birth to in her dorm room bathroom last March.
In April of 1992, a body of a full-term newborn girl was found on the bank of the Mississippi River by a man who was walking his dog. The girl, who was later named Baby Girl April, died of suffocation
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.