Many families in Illinois would love to have children, but are unable to for one reason or another. There are options available for these families and many of them will turn to adoption in order to have children. There are also many women in Illinois who have children before they are ready to be mothers or who know they will not be able to properly care for their children. As a result, adoption entails family legal issues for both adoptive parents as well as for biological parents.
In response to this issue, in 2001 Illinois passed a safe haven law. This law allows parents to legally abandon their newborn within 30 days of the child's birth. The parents simply need to bring the child to a designated fire station, police station or hospital and inform them that they are leaving their child. These children are then evaluated at a hospital and placed with adoptive families. Many times the children avoid foster care and are quickly with a new family. Since the law was passed over 100 children have been saved due to this law.