Help For Birth Mothers
If you are a pregnant mother and not sure if you can keep you child, know that you have options.
The Safe Haven Law – How It Works
If you live in Illinois and cannot care for your newborn – 30 days old or younger – you are allowed to legally and anonymously relinquish the unharmed infant to person at a designated Safe Havens location.
Safe Haven locations include:
- Emergency Care Facilities
- Fire stations
- Police Stations – Including College Campus Police
Babies must be handed to a person at a Safe Haven location, but you will not be asked your name or other identifying information. No one will try to stop you or follow you.
You can remain anonymous and you will not be prosecuted for abandonment. Your child will be placed for adoption with a loving family.
Safe Haven Information Packet
Staff at a Safe Haven may give you an information packet which outlines how this process works and your rights as a parent. Although it is not required, you may anonymously provide medical information, so your baby will grow up with a medical history.
The Safe Haven Information Packet includes:
- Information about Illinois’ Safe Haven Law
- Contact information for organizations that support the Safe Haven law.
- Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange program information.
- An optional Medical Information Form for your newborn.
- Medical information for mothers who have just given birth.
The health information form and additional resources about the Safe Haven law can be found here:
Safe Haven Hotline
If you would like to talk to someone about dropping off your baby to a person at a Safe Haven location please call our 24/7 hotline:1-888-510-BABY 1-888-510-2229
All calls to the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation are completely confidential. We are here to help and support you, not judge you.
Adoption For Your Newborn
Traditional adoption for your child is also an option you can consider – before or after you have given birth. Adoption ensures your child will be placed with a loving family who will provide a home, health care, education, financial security, and a bright future of possibility.
You can reach out directly to an accredited Adoption Agency who will work out an adoption plan that meets your needs and ensure your child is taken care of. They are all wonderful resources and would be happy to help you.
If you are interested in learning more about making an adoption plan or would like to learn more about a specific agency, please reach out to any of the agencies on this list.