ILL., MARCH 28, 2003 — The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation will
host a celebration on April 4 for the first baby relinquished under Illinois’
Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act. The event will run from 10:00
a.m. to noon at Sugar, a dessert bar at 108 W. Kinzie, Chicago, Illinois.
In honor of this child’s first birthday and to promote awareness
of the law, Governor Rod Blagojevich has declared April 4 Save Abandoned
Babies Day in Illinois.
and media event follow the Foundation’s statewide release of public
service announcements that promote awareness of the law, which works to
prevent the deaths of newborn infants by providing distraught parents
with a safe mechanism for anonymously relinquishing an infant to the care
and custody of a safe haven. In Illinois, safe havens are hospitals, emergency
medical facilities, and staffed fire stations.
us at this very special birthday event where you’ll learn more about
the law and the media’s critical role in saving the lives of newborns
who might otherwise be unsafely abandoned in Illinois.
FOR SAVE ABANDONED BABIES DAY
4, 10:00 a.m. - noon
108 W. Kinzie, Chicago, Illinois
Dawn Geras, president, Save
Abandoned Babies Foundation
Introduction to the law and details of the public awareness campaign
James Joyce, commissioner, Chicago
happens when a newborn is relinquished under the law
Jess McDonald, director
Department of Children and Family Services
the law protects newborn infants, their parents, and State
10: 50 a.m.:
The adoptive parents, their experience, their gratitude, and their hope
Questions and answers
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.
Geras, Abandoned Babies Foundation
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services