Mother Drops Child Off at Baby Box in Hammond
HAMMOND, Ind.--A mother had to drop off her child at a baby box in Hammond last week, the Founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes said.
“I want to personally thank the brave mother that carried her child to term, kept her safe, and then exercised her rights under the safe haven law and surrendered her newborn in our box. She is healthy and perfect," said Monica Kelsey, Founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes.
The baby was dropped off September 6. Kelsey said the mother was brave and is exactly why she fights so hard to give mothers more options.
"She contacted us within a few days of the surrender and we are providing her resources are available in her area to give her the support she needs. She did not call the hotline before placing the newborn in the box, and she is not from the Hammond area," Kelsey said.
The mother is from Illinois.
It's the seventh baby dropped off at a baby box in Indiana this year. Overall, this is the 59th baby to come through the Baby Box program.
The child has been released from the hospital and is now with the Department of Child Services (DCS). DCS is now trying to find the girl a family. If you would like to adopt the child, call DCS.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes also staff a 24-hour National hotline. You can call that hotline at 1-866-99BABY1.
(PHOTO: Safe Haven Baby Boxes)