Safe Haven Baby Box Petition
Saving Abandoned Babies One Box At a Time
Right to Life Michiana and Knight of Columbus are working to install a Safe Haven Baby Box in a South Bend fire station. We've already been in contact with Safe Haven Baby Box and have 100% of the funding secure. All we need is support and consent of City of South Bend leadership.
So far all our attempts to discuss this with Mayor Mueller have been ignored. Please sign the petition to let Mayor Mueller know that you support the installation of the Safe Haven Baby Box. We will send him your signatures and messages to show him the community wants and needs this life-saving program in South Bend.
What is a Safe Haven Baby Box?
A Baby Box is a safety device provided for under Indiana’s Safe Haven Law and legally permits a mother in crisis to safely, securely, and anonymously surrender, if they are unable to care for, their newborn. A Baby Box is installed in an exterior wall of a designated fire station. It has an exterior door that automatically locks upon placement of a newborn inside the Baby Box, and an interior door which allows a medical staff member to secure the surrendered newborn from inside the designated building.
Do we really need a Baby Box?
Reports of infant abandonment and death of infants from abandonment throughout the country continues even with the establishment of the Safe Haven Law in every state for the past 10 to 20 years.
Many mothers-in-crisis want and need anonymity when surrendering an infant, due either to fear of recognition, the stigma associated with surrendering a child, or fear of prosecution due to ignorance and/or misunderstanding of the Safe Haven law.
How many babies have been saved through Safe Haven Baby Box?
The Safe Haven Baby Box organization staffs a 24-hour hotline (1-866-99BABY1) to give women the opportunity to talk to a trained professional as they consider safely surrendering their baby.
Six babies have been surrendered inside Safe Haven Baby Boxes since the first was installed in 2016. Two other babies have been surrendered at fire stations with Safe Haven Baby Boxes. Nationwide, 70 surrenders have resulted from calls to the Safe Haven Baby Boxes national hotline and 9 of those surrenders in 2019.