A newborn was surrendered in a Safe Haven Baby Box at Franciscan Health of Hammond in northern Indiana on Friday, Sept. 6, less than a month after it went into operation on Aug. 7, 2019. The infant was the 59th baby to be surrendered in the state of Indiana to come through the Baby Box program under the Safe Haven Law, according to Fox59 News.
Franciscan Hospital Emergency Department and security were notified by the alarm as soon as the newborn’s mother opened the outside door to place her baby in the box. The newborn baby was retrieved from the box and received medical care within 90 seconds, and is now in the custody of the Department of Child Services to start the standard Safe Haven surrender process for finding her a forever family.
“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, according to portage.life.
Kelsey said the mom didn’t contact the organization’s hotline, but she has been in contact with organizers since the surrender happened and she’s actually from Illinois.
“She was not from Indiana, she was from Illinois. Illinois does not have a Safe Haven Baby Box Law, which offers anonymity,” Kelsey said to WRTV.
The Department of Child Services is working diligently to have this child with her adoptive family within 30 days. If you would like to adopt this little girl, contact your local Department of Social Services and register as a foster/adoption family.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes actively promotes and educates communities about the existing Safe Haven Laws. Safe Haven Baby Boxes staffs a 24-hour National hotline (1-866-99BABY1) that gives women in crisis the opportunity to reach out for help and get the information they need to make a lifesaving choice for their baby.