The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving babies from being abandoned in dumpsters and other unsafe environments. Our mission is to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns by raising awareness of the safe, legal options available under the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act. Our grassroots effort began in March of 2000 when our founder, Dawn Geras, read a newspaper article about a baby found in a Chicago dumpster. We quickly learned that other states were addressing this horrible and growing problem with “safe haven” laws. We went to work, calling on anyone willing to help. The Save Abandoned Babies volunteers drafted the law and lobbied for its passage. The resulting Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act unanimously passed both the Illinois House and Senate and was signed into Illinois law in August of 2001. The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is now focused on telling birth parents in crisis that this option exists. Making information about the law available to those who need it will save innocent new lives. If you would like information on how to help either in Illinois or on the national level, please contact us!
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