Information Packet

You’re afraid.  You don’t want to keep this baby.  You just want someone to take it, keep it safe, and make sure it gets a good home.Don’t panic.  There are people who will help you with NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Illinois offers a safe option for a desperate parent in crisis.  By handing your unharmed baby,30 days old or younger*, to personnel at any hospital, emergency medical facility, staffed fire station, or police station you can walk away with no questions asked. (*effective January 1, 2010.)

The baby will be cared for and placed in a loving home for adoption.

No attempt whatsoever will be made to contact you. No crime will have been committed. This is a TRULY safe process.

This law was written to provide a safe alternative to abandonment for Illinois parents who feel they cannot cope with a newborn baby. It offers safe havens for newborns, and is:

Private No one will ask your name.
Legal You will not be breaking any laws.
Safe Your baby will be given medical care and placed in a good home.
Supportive You will be offered medical care and counseling.

Illinois’ Safe Haven Law

We have provided a summary (English and Spanish) of the law for you to read, and you can access the full text of the law.

Other States’ Safe Haven Laws

Click here for information about safe haven laws in other states.


  • Call our crisis line – 24 hours a day for confidential information, 1-888-510-BABY.
  • Call the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, 1-312-440-0229 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
  • E-mail the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation.
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To date, more than 4,000 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.