Illinois’ Safe Haven Law, which was enacted in 2001, allows birth parents to anonymously give their newborn (30 days old or younger) to any hospital, police station, or staffed fire station for the child to be placed for adoption. No identifying information is required, but the birth parents may provide medical information, if desired. The law provides a safe alternative to abandonment for those parents who feel they cannot provide for their infant.
Since passage of the law, more than 100 infants have been placed in loving adoptive homes. Chicago’s Fox News reported on a recent event where parents and adopted children shared their stories.
Besides protecting parents who place their children, the Safe Haven Law has enriched homes where children were desperately wanted. Overall, Illinois’ Safe Haven Law has been a great blessing.