This law is important because prior to its enactment, parents leaving an infant could, and most likely would, be prosecuted. The law also provides ways and means for a parent to petition for return of the infant prior to his or her rights being terminated.
Despite the intervening years, many emotionally distressed parents may not be familiar with this option, and tragedies still occur. Although the law includes a public information campaign on this delicate issue, additional publicity is always needed. Increasing the general public's knowledge of this law helps save newborns and keeps their parents from being prosecuted criminally or civilly.
Lori G. Levin
Attorney at Law
180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601