SAVE ABANDONED BABIES FOUNDATION The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving babies from being abandoned in dumpsters and other unsafe environments. Our mission is to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns by raising awareness of the safe, legal options available under the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act. This act offers a protected, legal alternative to unsafe infant abandonment. An unharmed newborn, up to 30 days old, may be handed to staff at a hospital, emergency medical care facility, police station, firehouse, college/University police station, or Illinois State Police district headquarters. No questions need to be answered and there is no fear of prosecution. Our grassroots effort began in March of 2000 when our founder, Dawn Geras, read a newspaper article about a baby found in a Chicago dumpster. We quickly learned that other states were addressing this horrible and growing problem with “safe haven” laws. We went to work, calling on anyone willing to help. The Save Abandoned Babies volunteers drafted the law and lobbied for its passage. The resulting Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act unanimously passed both the Illinois House and Senate and was signed into Illinois law in August of 2001. The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is now focused on telling birth parents in crisis that this option exists. Making information about the law available to those who need it will save innocent new lives. As of 2017, 3,317 infants have been safely surrendered to Safe Havens nationally. 120 Babies have been safely relinquished in Illinois since the passage of the Safe Haven Law in 2001. Genie is proud to be a Board Trustee at Save Abandoned Babies Foundation.