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Illinois Safe Haven Law

Illinois Safe Haven Law

Baby Safe Haven

Anonymous relinquishment of unwanted, unharmed infants up to 30 days old through fire stations, police stations, and hospitals.

Services Offered

Birth Parents • Infant Surrender

Description

Baby Safe Haven Laws enable a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously. Infants up to 30 days old may be turned over to staff at a hospital, police station, fire station, or emergency room, no questions asked. A person surrendering a baby under the safe haven law will not be arrested or prosecuted, as long as the baby has not been abused. For more information about Baby Safe Haven Laws, click here for a list of FAQs.

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English

Eligibility

-For parents or families with unwanted infants, 30 days old or younger.

    Payment

  • This service is free

How to Apply

A parent (or someone acting on their behalf) can leave any baby, up to 30 days old, with a staff member at any hospital, fire station, police station or emergency medical services provider in Illinois. The process is anonymous.

Click here for a list of Chicago fire stations, click here for a list of Chicago police stations, or visit the nearest hospital emergency room.

Parents or families in crisis can call the National Baby Safe Haven program any time at 888-510-BABY (2229).