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DCFS JOINS SAVE ABANDONED BABIES FOUNDATION
ALONG WITH PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH GROUPS
TO LAUNCH NEW PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Governor Rod Blagojevich Declares April 11
Save Abandoned Babies Day

CHICAGO, April 11, 2005- The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is pleased to support the production and distribution of public service announcements that were announced at a gathering today that was organized by the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation. DCFS contributed toward the purchase of the PSAs.

"We believe the best way to reduce the number of abandoned babies is through public education, and today's gathering demonstrates a solid and committed collaboration to move in that direction," says Bryan Samuels, DCFS Director.

He added that Governor Rod Blagojevich recognizes the importance of the abandoned babies issue and by way of a proclamation communicated the need to protect infants and allow them to be placed in loving homes. "…it is the hope of the State of Illinois that as awareness of this Act increases, it will stop the abandonment of newborn infants, a practice that has lead to healthy babies being found harmed, deceased or in unsafe places," reads the proclamation.

Also on behalf of the state, the Illinois State Police are joining Chicago and Round Lake Beach law enforcement departments in keeping their headlights on today as a symbol to support Save Abandoned Babies Day.

Regarding DCFS' public education over the last year:

  • The agency distributed posters and brochures in English and Spanish to public schools and private organizations and communities throughout Illinois. Also, letters and educational materials were sent to State's Attorneys' Offices, churches, and municipal mayors.
  • Utilization of the Newborn Lifeline Network 1-866-694-BABY, a toll-free number for callers to be advised on options to safely relinquish babies under the law in Illinois.
  • Department representatives attended speaking engagements to educate organizations and other state agencies about the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act.
  • The DCFS website www.state.il.us/dcfs maintains information about the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act.

"As the state's child welfare agency, DCFS is pleased to broaden our public education efforts by helping underwrite the PSAs," says Samuels. "We support this campaign wholeheartedly to help protect babies."

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Contact:
Diane Jackson
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
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