Ill., April 4, 2003 – Today marks the State’s first annual “Save
the Abandoned Baby Day” and the Illinois Department of Children and
Family Services joins the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation in inviting
you to join in its commemoration at Sugar (the dessert bar), 108 W. Kinzie,
Chicago, Ill. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Newborn Infant Protection Act was enacted by State lawmakers in 2001 and
grants biological parents immunity from criminal prosecution if they safely
leave their infants—three days or younger—at a hospital, emergency
medical facility or manned fire station.
pregnancy can be a traumatic experience that can lead to overwhelming
feelings of loneliness, anxiety and hopelessness. During this emotionally
fragile period, even an otherwise rational person can consider desperate
actions such as abandonment or worse. We’ve all heard the heart wrenching
stories of infants abandoned in an unsafe environment.
three infants have found safe havens since the law was enacted, still
others have made headlines after the discovery of their lifeless bodies.
The death of one child is one too many. Today’s event is aimed at
raising the public’s consciousness, and eradicating the unsafe abandonment
of newborn infants.
public awareness of this issue is critical. Your coverage of this important
story can help raise the public’s knowledge and understanding of
the law and where safe havens are located in your area. In doing so, you
will be assisting women and families who may find themselves in this desperate
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services