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Warsaw fire station installs 14th Safe Haven Baby Box

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Warsaw has installed a Safe Haven Baby Box at Fire Station No. 2 at 2204 E. Center St. The box is on the south side of the station and is available to the public. This fire station was chosen due to easy access and the level of anonymity it provides.

There are currently 14 Safe Haven Baby Boxes in Indiana and Ohio. The Safe Haven Law allows people to anonymously surrender their healthy newborn without fear of criminal prosecution.

Safe Haven Baby Box Inc. is a non-profit organization founded by Woodburn firefighter/medic Monica Kelsey. Kelsey was abandoned as an infant and is committed to ensuring the safety of newborns by installing more Safe Haven Baby Boxes in communities. The Safe Haven Baby Box organization also staffs a 24-hour National Crisis hotline (1-866-99BABY1) to give women the opportunity to talk to a trained licensed professional as they consider safely surrendering their newborn.

“So far in 2019, six babies have been surrendered in Indiana safely as a result of women calling the Safe Haven Baby Box hotline and allowing us to walk alongside them. One of the babies was surrendered in Kosciusko County back in January. We know that education and awareness around the Safe Haven Law and Safe Haven Baby Boxes save lives. Women in crisis need more options, and more locations throughout the state of Indiana and I am determined to make this happen for them,” Kelsey said in a statement.

Right to Life of North Central Indiana raised funds with the help of local community members and organizations to install a Safe Haven Baby Box at the Warsaw fire station. Nationwide, 58 women and children have come through the Safe Haven Baby Boxes program with two of those surrenders in North Central Indiana in 2019.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes cost roughly $10,000 to install and are equipped with alarm systems to notify 9-1-1 immediately. Safe Haven Baby Boxes also have heating and cooling features and lock as soon as the baby is placed inside. Indiana is one of five states with updated Safe Haven Laws to include additional surrender options, such as the Safe Haven Baby Box.