Newborn left at Chicago fire station

Officials said the young mother walked into the fire station and gave her to firefighters under the Safe Haven program

A Safe Haven law, also known as a Baby Moses law or a safe surrender law, allows a parent to surrender their baby to someone at a designated location without fear of being charged with abandonment. 

Approved safe haven locations usually include hospitals, EMS agencies, fire or police stations and other public health organizations, as well as worship centers, but laws differ from state to state. Learn more about Safe Haven laws by state with "7 things public safety officials need to know about Safe Haven laws."

By FireRescue1 Staff

CHICAGO — A newborn was left with firefighters at a Safe Haven station Thursday night

WGN TV reported that the young mother handed the baby, who was just a few hours old, over to firefighters and signed paperwork to release the child under the Safe Haven program.

Paramedics assessed the baby and planned to transport her to the hospital to be further evaluated.

“My heart is bursting with joy,” Save Abandoned Babies Foundation member Dawn Geras said. “We've helped to save not just the life of that baby, we've been able to help the parent to go on with their life knowing that they've taken the responsible action and that they can feel good they can go home tonight and feel good about what they've done.”

The Safe Haven program allows any parent to bring a baby 30 days or younger to a Safe Haven location, such as a fire or police station, with no questions asked.


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