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Save Abandoned Babies Day Event
Save Abandoned Babies Day Event
Nets $5,000 Challenge Grant

NORTHBROOK, ILL., APRIL 7, 2003 — An anonymous donor gave the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation a $5,000 challenge grant on Friday, April 4, the day Governor Rod Blagojevich declared Save Abandoned Babies Day in Illinois.

The donation was announced at a birthday party in downtown Chicago in honor of the first baby safely surrendered under the protection of Illinois’ safe haven law in April of 2002.

Tracy and John, the couple who adopted the baby boy, came forward at the event to thank the birth mother for their son. “We want her to know that Matthew is happy and he is loved,” said Tracy. “Were here today to help make other desperate women aware that there is a safe, legal alternative to abandonment.”

Chicago Fire Commissioner James Joyce spoke of the readiness of
firefighters to accept newborn infants, three days old or younger, who might otherwise be unsafely abandoned in Illinois. “We will see to it that a baby left in our care gets any needed medical attention and is safely delivered to a hospital,” promised Joyce.

Cheryl Cesario, general counsel for the Illinois Department of
Children and Family Services, declared, “We are here to celebrate first steps: the steps that a group of citizens took to get this legislation passed, the steps that a woman took to safely relinquish her baby, the steps that these adoptive parents took — all steps leading up to the best possible outcome for Matthew.”

The challenge grant donor will match funds, up to $5,000, raised by
the Foundation before August 17, 2003, the day the Act was signed in to law in 2001. The April 4 celebration followed the Foundations release of public service announcements to radio, television and newspapers throughout the State. Donations will enable the Foundation to continue to raise public awareness of Illinois’ safe haven law and may be made online at or sent to the Foundation in c/o Treasurer Angie Adler, 3702 Radcliffe Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062.

The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit
organization of volunteers dedicated to saving the lives of newborn infants who might otherwise be unsafely abandoned in Illinois. It focuses on public awareness of Illinois’ safe haven law, The Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act, which provides a process for anonymously relinquishing a newborn.


Diane Jackson
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services


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