First Ever Baby Drop Off Box Installed In Indiana



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The Safe Haven Baby Box at the Woodburn, Ind., Volunteer Fire Department, is temperature-controlled and sounds an alarm when the door is opened.

An Indiana town has installed two Safe Haven Baby Boxes in which mothers have the option to drop-off their unwanted infants anonymously.

The boxes are climate controlled, padded and feature a security system that alerts all nearby emergency service workers when a baby is placed in one, according to the AP.

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Presumably, the babies placed in the safe haven box will be tended to much quicker than if new parents discard of them in a different manner.

The Woodburn Volunteer Fire Department, less than 20 miles from the Ohio border, received the first baby box in the state recently, while a second one was installed in Michigan City on Thursday.

Woodburn’s baby box is directly attached to the inside of the firehouse.

Costing between $1,500 and $2,000, the state’s Knights of Columbus organization is paying the bill for the first of 100 planned baby box installations.

Every state, as well as Washington D.C. have safe haven laws in place that say infants can be given up by parents legally without fear of persecution.

Some, like Indiana, also allow mothers to drop babies off at hospitals, as well as police and fire stations.

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Monica Kelsey, a volunteer firefighter in Woodburn, with the town’s first Safe Haven Baby Box.

But despite the laws, some argue that the anonymity of the boxes encourage new parents not to weigh their options.

“This is not criminal,” Monica Kelsey, a volunteer firefighter in Woodburn, said. “This is legal. We don’t want to push women away.”

Kelsey, who also volunteers at a crisis hotline, added that some new mothers want anonymity, citing a story in which she persuaded someone on the phone to drop their child off at a hospital after refusing to go to a police station and see other people.

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