Family celebrates safe haven law

May 7, 2009 9:38:37 PM PDT
A child left at a hospital under Illinois' safe haven law celebrated her first birthday on Thursday. Lilly is one of 51 babies dropped off at safe havens since the law took effect in 2001. And on Thursday, she and her adoptive parents attended an event commemorating the success of the program.

Under the law, a parent can give up their newborn at any police station, fire station or hospital. They can do so anonymously, no questions asked.

There is a push to extend the time a parent can legally surrender their newborn from seven days to 30 days.


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