April 30, 2000 – SAB volunteers release the first draft of the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act (the Act) and solicit feedback on the legislation from individuals and organizations involved in health, child welfare, and legislative policy in Illinois.
December 1, 2000 – After incorporating input from more than 30 individuals and stakeholder organizations, SAB volunteers approve a final draft of the Act.
August 17, 2001 – With Governor George H. Ryan’s signature, the Act takes effect in Illinois.
April 4, 2003 – Governor Rod Blagojevich proclaims April 4 to be the first “Save Abandoned Babies Day” in Illinois.
July 27, 2004 – Police stations, defined as municipal police stations or county sheriff’s offices, become Safe Haven drop-off locations (PA 093-0820).
January 1, 2006 – The “sunset clause” is repealed, making the Act a permanent fixture of Illinois (PA 094-0207).
June 6, 2006 – The timeframe for relinquishing an unharmed newborn is extended from 72 hours to seven days postpartum (PA 094-0941).
August 17, 2007 – Hospitals, fire stations, emergency medical facilities, and police stations are required to conspicuously post uniform Safe Haven signs in specified exterior locations (PA 095-0275).
June 1, 2008 – Emergency medical professionals, employees, or other fire station, police station, hospital, emergency medical facility, child-placing agency, or Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff are expressly prohibited from publicly disclosing any information concerning the relinquishment of an infant (PA 095-0549).
January 1, 2010 – The timeframe for relinquishing an unharmed newborn is extended from seven days to 30 days postpartum (PA 096-0345).
July 20, 2010 – DCFS and the Illinois Office of Vital Records are directed to design a standard information packet for relinquishing parents that provides a summary of the Act, explains the rights of birth parents, describes the Illinois Adoption Registry, and includes information on postpartum health for birth mothers (PA 096-1114).
August 11, 2011 – The definition of “police station” is expanded by designating public and private college/university police departments (when staff are present) and any Illinois State Police district headquarters as Safe Haven drop-off locations (PA 097-0293).
To date, more than 3600 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.