First Safe Haven Baby Box for Central Indiana Now in Service
DECATUR TOWNSHIP, Ind. -- The first Safe Haven Baby Box in central Indiana is officially in service.
The box at the Decatur Township Fire Department on Foltz Street is the third one in the state of Indiana, but the first one to be installed in central Indiana. The box was supposed to be installed in early July but the installation was delayed because of some technical issues.
Baby boxes are safe incubators where parents can drop off their newborn babies. They have alarm systems, so 911 is notified as soon as a baby is placed inside. The baby boxes also have heating and cooling features and lock when the baby is placed inside.
Indiana's Safe Haven law allows people to anonymously leave their healthy infants at any fire station in the state without fear of criminal prosecution.
Even before the box was installed, a baby was left safely at the fire station on July 1.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes hopes to install at least 10 more boxes in the state by the end of 2018.
The Safe Haven Baby Box organization also staffs a 24-hour hotline (1-866-99BABY1), so people can talk to trained professionals about possibly surrendering their baby.