Places That Are Safe Havens For Infants

Introduction:Did you know that it is allowed to leave your infant 0-1 month old in a particular place without any questions asked? What used to be loosely called the Moses Baby Law is Now the Safe Haven Law. Parents who are afraid and have no means to support a newborn can relinquish their rights without breaking any laws, and no questions asked. This method has been adopted by over 40 of our States, however, facilities for dropping the child off does change a little from State to State. The information displayed here is basically Illinois law but only varies slightly from other states. Keep in mind, the baby should be 30 days old or younger.

  • 01

    A Hospital............

    You can leave the child in a Hospital. It doesn't have to be the doorstep of a hospital but actually you can leave the child with a Staff Member. You are protected in this law from persecution or prosecution because a hospital is considered one of the optimum places to leave a small infant.......

  • 02

    A Police Station.........

    Of course, you can leave your child here as well. The police station deals directly with the law and there should be comfort in knowing that this child will be efficiently turned in to the correct facilities for placement....

  • 03

    A Church, Parish, Synagogue, Etc.

    Any house of worship is good as long as it's manned. It's not wise or safe to sit a child in a basket (like depicted in a movie) and expect the child to be safe. It could be hours before that particularly door may be utilized. Bring the baby inside and leave the child where you can relinquish the child to someone.......

  • 04

    A Fire Station.....

    If the Firehouse is manned, this is another excellent place to relinquish your child. He will be in the hands of responsible men. They should not ask any questions......

  • 05

    An EMT

    An EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) can take over as a safe Haven provider until the child is placed in a facility. Likewise calling 911 can access someone to come and pick up the child from the Department.




Final Thoughts

This law was written to provide a safe alternative to abandonment for Illinois parents who feel they cannot cope with a newborn baby. It offers safe havens for newborns, and is:
Safe Haven Laws Nationwide. There is a 24-hour toll-free crisis number: Call the crisis line 24 hours a day for confidential information, (888) 510-BABY.

Call the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, (312) 440-0229 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m) here in Chicago.
These are actually working numbers with manned individuals to take care of the situation. Bottom line, even in giving up rights as a parent with no questions asked can be done with a measure of dignity. Abandoning a child in a garbage can or on the streets doesn't make any sense when there are people who want to take care of any issues you have. The babies will be evaluated, fed and nurtured until they are placed in a home. They will also provide counseling for you if you ask!


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Comments

  • PeeAmPee 1/10/2012 Flag This Comment

    Wonderfully useful information.

  • Nyla 3/21/2011 Flag This Comment

    This is a great list, thanks for sharing!

  • workhomeunion 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    It's a shame, with the "Safe Haven Law" that there are still people who don't utilize this law. A lot of people do take advantage of this law (I think), but it's a no-brainer. Why not give the child a chance at life? There are lots of couples looking to adopt. Nice List. Hi5.

  • goodselfme 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    h5 info well detailed for anyone to relinquish an infant using the safe haven law. I am happy you are highlighting this and so well done.

  • litetender 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Very important information to put out there. Bless you! H5!

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