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Girl surrendered at New Haven Baby Box

Safe Haven Baby Boxes founder Monica Kelsey is a firefighter in Woodburn, where the first box in Indiana was installed in 2016. (AP photo)

A healthy newborn baby was safely, legally and anonymously surrendered in a Safe Haven baby box at a fire station in New Haven Wednesday. The box was dedicated Dec. 31. The infant was then transported to a local hospital.

“We are proud to have this resource available for the residents of New Haven, Indiana,” Fire Chief Josh Hale said in a statement. “It is our ongoing goal everyday to ensure the safety of all of our residents, and today we were able to ensure the safety of one of our newest residents.”

“I want to personally thank this brave mother that carried her child to term, kept her safe, and then exercised her rights under Indiana’s safe haven law and surrendered her newborn in our box,” stated Monica Kelsey, founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes.

This is the sixth baby surrendered in a baby box in the past two years in Indiana and the fourth to be surrendered in the past 161 days. Safe Haven Baby Boxes has helped 70 women and infants with safe surrenders, assisted with six adoption plans and referred hundreds to pregnancy crisis centers around the country. Safe Haven Baby Boxes Crisis Line (1-866-99Baby1) is available for women to speak with a licensed counselor if they are considering surrendering their baby and provides counseling to women who have surrendered.

The newborn will be released from the hospital and placed in the custody of the Department of Child Services to start the standard adoption process. If you would like to adopt this girl, contact your local Department of Social Services and register as a foster/adoption family.

The New Haven box is one of 21 active baby boxes in Indiana. Currently there are a total of 25 Safe Haven baby boxes in three states. For further information contact Safe Haven Baby Boxes at shbb@SafeHavenBabyBoxes.com or call (888)742-2133