|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:
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As of 2017, 3543 infants have been safely surrendered to Safe Havens nationally.
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