(325 ILCS 2/10)
In this Act:
"Abandon" has the same meaning as in the Abused and Neglected
Child Reporting Act.
"Abused child" has the same meaning as in the Abused and Neglected
Child Reporting Act.
"Child-placing agency" means a licensed public or private agency
that receives a child for the purpose of placing or arranging
for the placement of the child in a foster family home or
other facility for child care, apart from the custody of the child's
"Department" or "DCFS" means the Illinois Department of Children and
"Emergency medical facility" means a freestanding emergency center or
trauma center, as defined in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems
"Emergency medical professional" includes licensed physicians, and any
emergency medical technician, emergency medical
technician-intermediate, advanced emergency medical technician, paramedic,
trauma nurse specialist, and pre-hospital registered nurse, as defined in the
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act.
"Fire station" means a fire station within the State with at least one staff person.
"Hospital" has the same meaning as in the Hospital Licensing Act.
"Legal custody" means the relationship created by a court order in
the best interest of a newborn infant that imposes on the infant's custodian
the responsibility of physical possession of the infant, the duty to
protect, train, and discipline the infant, and the duty to provide the infant
shelter, education, and medical care, except as these are limited by
parental rights and responsibilities.
"Neglected child" has the same meaning as in the Abused and
Neglected Child Reporting Act.
"Newborn infant" means a child who a licensed physician reasonably
believes is 30 days old or less at the time the child is
initially relinquished to a hospital, police station, fire station, or
medical facility, and who is not an abused or a neglected child.
"Police station" means a municipal police station, a county sheriff's
office, a campus police department located on any college or university owned or controlled by the State or any private college or private university that is not owned or controlled by the State when employees of the campus police department are present, or any of the district headquarters of the Illinois State Police.
"Relinquish" means to bring a newborn infant, who a
licensed physician reasonably believes is 30 days old or less,
to a hospital, police station, fire station, or emergency medical facility
to leave the infant with personnel of the facility, if the person leaving the
infant does not express an intent to return for the
infant or states that he or she will not return for the infant.
In the case of a mother who gives birth to an infant in a hospital,
the mother's act of leaving that newborn infant at the
hospital (i) without expressing an intent to return for the infant or (ii)
stating that she will not return for the infant is not a "relinquishment" under
"Temporary protective custody" means the temporary placement of
a newborn infant within a hospital or other medical facility out of the
custody of the infant's parent.
(Source: P.A. 97-293, eff. 8-11-11; 98-973, eff. 8-15-14.)