Indiana has created a “safe haven baby box” facility that allows parents to anonymously “drop off” unwanted newborns. The baby boxes are padded with climate control, and emergency staff are notified when a baby is placed in the box via a security system so staff can reach the infant within minutes.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have safe haven laws that allow unharmed newborns to be given up by their parents without fear of being prosecuted for doing so, and Indiana law allows parents to drop of newborns younger than 30 days old at police stations, fire stations, and hospitals. The baby boxes, according to Monica Kelsey, founder of the Safe Haven Baby Boxes, lower the risk of “[pushing] women away” by allowing parents to remain anonymous when they give up their baby, without their having to sacrifice the knowledge that their baby is safe.
Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, is paying for the first 100 baby boxes — each of which cost between $1,500 and $2,000. The first box was installed in Woodburn’s Volunteer Fire Department Building, and a second box opened Thursday in Michigan City.
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