Archive for Friday, December 23, 2005

Offers of help pour in for abandoned newborns

December 23, 2005

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— The phones were ringing off the hook Thursday at a Chicago-area hospital and two Illinois agencies with calls from people offering to help Baby Joseph and Baby Mary, twin newborns who were found abandoned early Wednesday morning at a Chicago church.

"They're our own little celebrities," said Molly Gaus, a spokeswoman with West Suburban Medical Center, where the infants remained in good condition Thursday night.

Joseph and Mary, named by the staff at West Suburban, were found about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday when a custodian at North Austin Lutheran Church spotted a baby carrier containing them inside the church's vestibule.

Twenty-four hours later, phone calls started pouring in to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services office in Chicago as people expressed interest in adopting the twins, spokeswoman Kimberly Broome said.

Joseph and Mary will remain at the hospital as DCFS officials search for family members, Davis said. If none are found, the twins will then be placed in a foster home or put up for adoption, she said.

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