On Friday, the 59th Safe Haven Baby Box (SHBB) in the nation will be unveiled at the Boonville Fire Station, which is located at 410 S. 4th St. in Boonville, Indiana.
After its unveiling, the baby box in Boonville will be available to the public as of Saturday, Feb. 26.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc. is a non-profit founded by firefighter/medic Monica Kelsey. According to SHBB, Kelsey was abandoned as an infant and is committed to ending illegal infant abandonment in the country.
“This Safe Haven Baby Box provides an anonymous option to mothers-in-crisis who may feel they have no other choice and who have fear of the face-to-face surrender. We are committed to providing resources to all parents who may need assistance and encourage them to contact us for help,” says Kelsey.
This box allows a mother to surrender her newborn infant in less than 30 days with 100% anonymity.
SHBB says its baby boxes have many security features, such as heating and cooling components and a sophisticated alarm system. The infant is placed inside the box for less than 4 minutes, while the first responders rush to respond to the silent alarm.
The Safe Haven Baby Boxes organization offers a Safe Haven National Crisis Hotline (1-866-99BABY1) and is available 24/7. It offers counseling services to a parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their newborn.
According to the SHBB website, the baby box located at the Boonville Fire Station is the organization's 59th installation so far, and the 53rd baby box in Indiana.
There are currently 60 baby boxes total throughout Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas, and Florida.