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The Safe Haven Law Saves Babies from Unsafe Abandonment

Not too long ago, an infant was found deceased in a backpack along a roadway in unincorporated Wheaton. Incidents like this are incredibly sad, and they should not happen. Please help us spread the word about Illinois' Safe Haven law, which gives a desperate parent a safe alternative to abandoning their baby.

Newborns up to 30 days old can be brought to any hospital, emergency care facility, staffed police station or staffed fire station–no questions asked. The baby is taken to a hospital for a check up and then placed with a pre-approved adoptive family.

Too Good For Drugs™

Too Good For Drugs™ is a school-based (K-8) prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use among students. Too Good For Drugs™ has a separate, developmentally-appropriate curriculum for each grade level. Each curriculum builds on earlier grade levels, an instructional design which enables students to learn important skills sequentially and retain them year after year.

Too Good for Drugs™ builds five essential life skills:

     • Goal setting

School/Preschool Visits

The Fire Department offers a variety of programs School Visitsfor children in preschool and elementary school. Every year during Fire Prevention Week, a themed program is presented at each elementary school within the City of St. Charles. This program highlights the fire safety message as presented by the National Fire Protection Association.

Juvenile Fire Setters

For years within the fire service, firefighters have had the obligation of speaking with youths that have started fires. There was a time when children who set fires or played with fire were often taken to the fire station for a stern lecture from a firefighter. More recently, trained members of the fire service have interviewed firesetters and their families using more sophisticated intervention strategies.