Safe Haven Baby Box unveiled at Fire Department in Syracuse
SYRACUSE, Ind. – The Turkey Creek Fire Department in Syracuse, Indiana, introduced the Safe Haven Baby Box on Friday for women who want to give up their baby anonymously.
The purpose of the box is to help those women avoid negative stigma about surrendering their child.
The baby boxes are installed at Fire Departments in the Syracuse area.
Once the baby is dropped off, the Fire Department is notified right away.
Monica Kelsey, founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, says that children should not feel as if they were abandoned.
“You know, being an abandoned child myself, I don’t ever want a child to feel unwanted and I have literally dedicated my life now to make sure that these babies are placed in safe, secure areas, instead of abandoned in a dumpster or a trash can,” Kelsey said.
The first Safe Haven Baby Box was installed in 2016.
Two babies have been surrendered so far in Northern Indiana.