Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act. Provides that a parent may relinquish a newborn infant to a church that complies with Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) standards, and requires DCFS to adopt criteria, standards, and procedures for designating and identifying churches as places where a parent may relinquish a newborn infant under the Act. Authorizes these churches to conduct public information campaigns to alert the public about these provisions. Requires annual inspections of churches and a determination by DCFS that a church continues to meet all applicable standards. Provides that only a church designated by DCFS under the Act has the immunity from liability provided for in the Act.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with provisions substantially similar to those of House Bill 4544, amending the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act, except changes "church" to "house of worship" and defines "house of worship" as a building that is routinely used for religious ceremonies and worship services. Also amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to provide that any personnel of a house of worship that accepts the relinquishment of a newborn infant pursuant to the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act shall immediately report the relinquishment to the Department of Children and Family Services or cause such a report to be made to the Department.