In Illinois, April is designated as "Save Abandoned Babies Month." Sometimes, infants are born to mothers and fathers who simply are unable for very personal reasons to care for them. Sometimes these situations have caused parents to put their infant's life in danger in an act of desperation. However, an Illinois statute that addresses that issue is seeing successful results.
Parents in Illinois may be able to adopt a child through the "Baby Safe Haven" law enacted in 2001, officially named the Illinois Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act. Through this law, an uninjured newborn child age 30 days or younger can be given to the workers at a health care facility, a firehouse or a police station, among other locations. No questions will be asked of the parent giving up the infant, although the parent can get information about the Illinois Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act and their rights.