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‘Baby Boxes’ Are Being Built At Firehouses To Give Parents Anonymous Ways To Give Up Their Babies

By Ace Nichols
May 2, 2016

In Northwestern Indiana, the first Safe Haven Baby Box was built on the outside of a firehouse in the brick wall in order for new parents to anonymously give up their newborn babies instead of completely abandoning their babies.

Monica Kelsey and the town of Woodburn, Ind., dedicated the first Safe Haven Baby Box of its kind on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the Woodburn Volunteer Fire Department. The box, which is temperature controlled and has a padded inside, is electronically monitored and sounds an alarm witht the fire station whenever the door is opened. (Chad Ryan/The Journal Gazette via AP)

Monica Kelsey and the town of Woodburn, Ind., dedicated the first Safe Haven Baby Box of its kind on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the Woodburn Volunteer Fire Department. The box, which is temperature controlled and has a padded inside, is electronically monitored and sounds an alarm with the fire station whenever the door is opened. (Chad Ryan/The Journal Gazette via AP)

Monica Kelsey, a volunteer for the fire department and an advocate for the baby boxes, said the Knights of Columbus of Indiana will pay for the first 100 baby boxes, which cost $1,500 to $2,000 each.

The boxes are equipped with a security system that will notify emergency personnel when someone drops a baby off inside of it. Emergency will respond within three minutes to retrieve the child.

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The safe haven laws in Indiana allow mothers who cannot take care of their newborns to drop them off at police stations, fire departments and hospitals with no questions asked.

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