Illinois enacted the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act (Public Act 92-0432), commonly referred to as a “Safe Haven Law,” in August 2001. The Safe Haven law allows a desperate parent to relinquish an unharmed infant legally, safely, and anonymously with no questions asked.
Illinois School Code 105 ILCS 5/27-9.1(c)(9) requires that the provisions of the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act be included in all school health education classes. The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are pleased to provide this Teacher’s Kit to assist you in meeting this requirement.
This Safe Haven Law Teacher’s Kit is designed to help you educate your students about the law. Your assistance in sharing this information with teenagers may reduce the number of tragic stories of abandoned babies in Illinois. Sharing this information will also provide teens dealing with unwanted pregnancies an option that protects them from the severe consequences – both legal and emotional – of abandoning their babies.
We also encourage you to order our free materials which can be used to display information about the law in your school. Our posters (Don’t Panic, Help is Here and No Shame. No Blame. No Names.) are a great way to visually remind students of their options. Additionally, the No Shame. No Blame. No Names. pamphlet is a great resource to have visible in the school nurse or social workers office. We recommend placing the brochure in a location where a student can access it without having to ask for the information.
Additional resources are available in our Resource Library and can be accessed by clicking here.