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North Vernon child services searching for permanent home for abandoned baby

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Police are still looking for the child's mother but so far they have not had much luck. Police are still looking for the child's mother but so far they have not had much luck.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- While police look for the mother who abandoned her newborn outside an Indiana church, there's another search happening that involves her son.

Right now, the child is in foster care but the Department of Child Services is in the process of finding a permanent home and one person with a unique perspective on this says the story could still have a happy ending.

"I was the baby at one time," said Liz Foster, who was abandoned as a infant.

Foster feels she has special connection to the child.

"Pretty close, considering it happened to me," she explained.

More than 40 years ago, the same thing happened to her, when a man with wife and children found her on his doorstep.

"They just said he got up to go to work one morning and their I was," Foster said.

The baby boy abandoned outside the church is now in foster care and will soon be adopted.

"I do know that there's a waiting period before, before that can happen and that has already started," said Sgt. Andrew Richmond, with North Vernon Police.

Police are still looking for the child's mother but so far they have not had much luck.

"Every lead that we have gotten in we've followed up on and we've found either a mother who has not yet had her baby or has a healthy baby," Sgt. Richmond said.

Police say whomever left the child could still face charges, that's because the church is not covered by Indiana's safe haven law and ignorance of the law is no excuse.

"It's less than two clicks away on a smart phone, you can Google Indiana's safe haven law and have it pulled up on your phone in five seconds," said Richmond.

Sgt Richmond said just a little bit of research would have also revealed that the church is less than a mile away from a firehouse, which is included in Indiana's safe haven law.

"That's probably one of the more tragic things about this, there was a place covered by law within view of where the church was," Richmond said.

"Whoever adopts him, that will be his family," said Foster.

Meanwhile, despite being abandoned at birth, Foster said the child could still have a happy ending.

"Look at me," she laughed.

Although the adoption process has already started, if a biological parent is identified, everything will be put on hold.

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