CORYDON, Ind. (WAVE) - The 51st Safe Haven Baby Box in Indiana and 57th box in the nation was unveiled Monday in Corydon, Indiana.
The Safe Haven Baby Box program allows mothers to surrender their newborn infant in less than 30 days of birth with 100 percent anonymity. The program allows an anonymous option for mothers-in-crisis who have no other choice and are fearful of a face-to-face surrender.
In locations with boxes installed, the infant is placed in a hospital-grade bassinet with security features while first responders respond to the newborn within minutes using a silent alarm system.
The new box was unveiled at its location at the Harrison Township Fire Department, Station 1 Monday morning. Leadership Harrison County Class of 2020 members had performed the community work and fundraising necessary to install the box.
Since the program was unveiled, ten infants have been placed in a Baby Box in the three years it has been operational, with six surrenders coming in 2020 alone. The program runs in Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas and Florida.
For more on the Safe Haven Baby Box program and its locations, visit their website.