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Pace buses to advertise Illinois Baby Safe Haven law

Illinois law allows parents to leave unwanted babies at designated places without facing charges. lllinois officials and advocates are launching a campaign to promote the Baby Safe Haven Law on 760 suburban Chicago buses. | Sun-Times file photo

CHICAGO — Illinois officials and advocates are launching a campaign to promote a law that allows babies to be turned over safely and legally.

The Department of Children and Family Services , the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation and Pace Bus have combined to create cards for 760 suburban Chicago buses advertising the Baby Safe Haven Law.

A mother in crisis who can’t care for a newborn may anonymously surrender a baby up to 30 days old at hospitals, emergency medical care facilities, police and fire stations, university police states or Illinois State Police district headquarters.

The law was enacted in 2001. Since then, 127 babies have been safely turned over and now live with adoptive families.

The cards will be visible in Pace buses until December 2019.