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Events

March 7, 2020

Safe Haven Baby Box Fundraiser & Silent Auction

6PM CST - 10pm CST

St. James Parish, St. James Parish Hall, 9640 Kennedy Avenue, Highland, IN 46322

Event Details

March 7, 2020

Safe Haven Baby Box Fundraiser & Silent Auction

The Knights of Columbus St. Pope John Paul II Council 16008 is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Safe Haven
Baby Box program. The Safe Haven Baby Box organization’s mission is to prevent illegal abandonment of
newborns by raising awareness, offering a 24-hour hotline for mothers in crisis and offering a last resort
option for women.

Our fundraiser will be on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at St. James Parish Hall, 9640 Kennedy Avenue, Highland,
from 6p-11pm. Tickets will be $20 if purchased by March 1st at the parish office or $25 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased on Eventbrite using the link on the event page. It will
include a buffet dinner and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Safe Haven Baby Box organization.
Any additional donations can be sent to the parish with attention to the Knights of Columbus.

The founder, Monica Kelsey, will be in attendance to be able to talk and answer questions. Monica starts Safe
Haven Baby Boxes, Inc. after learning she was abandoned as an infant and after seeing a “baby box” in
operation at a church in Cape Town, South Africa. She has made it her personal mission to educate others on
the Safe Haven Law and to do whatever it takes to save the lives of innocent babies from being abandoned.
The Safe Haven Baby Box take the face to face interaction out of the surrender and protects the mother from
being seen.

Tickets on sale now! See Link Below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-haven-baby-box-fundraiser-silent-auction-tickets-86832266647?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing&fbclid=IwAR0Dz1pCNKAHzvwV7VV0bQpIjrYJlQmMOVTbFCXFGyVbsvcjOqrNqNYi1wM

ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT CHRIS VICKERY 219-743-6753 OR ROBERT MIKULY, 219-776-8773

6PM CST - 10pm CST

St. James Parish, St. James Parish Hall, 9640 Kennedy Avenue, Highland, IN 46322

April 8, 2020

Adoption Unleashes Possibility with Keynote Willie Robertson

Doors open at 6pm - 9pm

Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne IN

Event Details

April 8, 2020

Adoption Unleashes Possibility with Keynote Willie Robertson

Join us for an evening with Willie Robertson!!


As we reflect on our accomplishments in 2019, we can be most thankful for the lives saved through the Safe Haven Baby Boxes program. Safe Haven Baby Boxes is thrilled to  announce our annual celebration of life. The 2020 Safe Haven Baby Boxes Gala theme is Adoption Unleashes Possibilities.


Our keynote speaker will be Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, who is an advocate for adoption and has adopted 3 children with his wife Korie.


We will also once again be reuniting emergency personnel, adoptive parents, and the babies that were surrendered in 2019.

**Individual Tickets go on sale December  1, 2019.  


Ticket Price Presale~~~$80.00: (Includes entrance into General Event Reception and Dinner)


To all our Military and First Responders: Get an extra $10 off your Ticket.  Use the following Promo Codes-


Military (Including Veterans): MILITARY


First Responders (Includes police, fire, EMT, medical): FIRST RESPONDER


VIP Reception:5pm


General Event Reception: 6:00 pm


Dinner: 7:00 pm

*Cash bar will be available.

**Sponsorship packages available.


If you would like to sponsor a table contact us at 1-888-742-2133.  Tickets go online December 1st!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/82517178101


Doors open at 6pm - 9pm

Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne IN

Frequently Asked Questions

How do the baby boxes work? What if someone forgets to check the box?

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All Safe Haven Baby Boxes are electronically monitored and are equipped to notify 911 as soon as the outer door is open.  If there is no one in the building, no worries, 911 dispatch will dispatch the closest fire or police personal.  


How does the box work?


1. Parent opens the door to the baby box and a silent alarm is triggered and a call goes to dispatch.  


2. Parent places the baby in the bassinet. A sensor is located on the inside of the box that triggers a second call dispatch call.  


3. Parent can push a button or simply close the door, which sets off a third alarm and call to dispatch and locks the exterior door. 


4. Emergency personnel retrieves the baby from the inside, evaluates, and takes the baby to the hospital. 


Can I get a Safe Haven Baby Box for my fire station or hospital?

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Currently the only states that have included baby boxes in the safe haven law is Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  If you would like to change the law in your state and would like a copy of model legislation click the button below.  


If you would like more information about adding this life saving feature to your location send an email to Chanel@SafeHavenBabyBoxes.com

How much does a SHBB Cost?

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  • Saving the lives of infants is the ultimate goal, and we believe that it should not be measured by the amount of effort or by a monetary value, but instead by the quality and availability of resources made available to end abandonment and focus on those in crisis. 


  • The final accounting is immaterial when compared to ensuring even just one of these children is provided the opportunity to live and thrive because a parent had an option for a safe surrender.  


  • The expenses associated with the Safe Haven Baby Box program are typically supported by donations from individuals and other organizations in a community. Community leaders and citizens recognize the importance of the Safe Haven Baby Boxes program and usually do not experience problems with securing funds. 


  •  Installing a baby box provides a tangible element and can serve as a starting point to reinforce the existing law, educating the community, and decreasing the risk of further infanticide. 

More Frequently Asked Questions

Facts about SHBB

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  • The Safe Haven Laws have been updated to include Safe Haven Baby Boxes (safety devices) in ​Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Arizona. 


  • There are 22 active baby boxes - 17 in Indiana and 3 in Ohio and 1 in Arkansas. 


  • Thirteen more baby boxes are planned to be available in Indiana, Ohio, and Arkansas by the end of 2019. 


  • More than 40 communities are working on placing a Safe Haven Baby Box in a local hospital or fire station. 


  • Indiana has not had a death by illegal abandonment since the first baby box was made available in April 2016. 


  • The SHBB National Hotline has received over 4,000 call since inception. 


  • The SHBB National Hotline assisted with 62 surrenders. 


  • Four babies have been safely surrendered in the Safe Haven Baby Boxes baby box in Michigan City, Indiana, Hammond Indiana and Crown Point Indiana.  


  • Nine babies were safely surrendered in 2019 in Indiana as a result of calls to the SHBB National Hotline.  


  • Two babies have been surrendered directly to emergency personnel in locations that have a Safe Haven Baby Box installed. 


  • Ohio’s abandonment rate continues to drop each year and with additional baby box installations. 


  • Reports of opposition of the SHBB program were released prior to the SHBB program going live to the community (before April 2016). There have not been any substantial arguments against the program since.  

 

Are the baby boxes medical devices?

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It has been determined by the FDA that the Safe Haven Baby Box, like the baby drawers in Arizona, is not a medical device and does not require FDA regulations. The baby box and the baby drawer are not available for sale to the public.  FDA Determination Letter below.

How can I adopt a baby from Safe Haven?

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Currently, babies surrendered under the safe haven law, including using our baby boxes are relinquished to the department of children services to begin the process of terminating parental rights and placing them with an adoptive family. Depending on your state, if you would like to be considered, contact your Department of Child services, and register as a foster parent with intent to adopt.

What locations can install baby boxes

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States available to Install Baby Boxes

Currently five states allow for the use of Baby Boxes.  Those states are Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Locations within these states who can install a baby box

Currently Fire Stations and Hospitals are approved Safe Haven Baby Box locations.

Is there any grants available to help with the cost?

The expenses associated with the Safe Haven Baby Box program are typically supported by donations from individuals and other organizations in a community. Community leaders and citizens recognize the importance of the Safe Haven Baby Boxes program and usually do not experience problems with securing funds.  Installing a baby box provides a tangible element and can serve as a starting point to reinforce the existing law, educating the community, and decreasing the risk of further infanticide. 

Can we fundraise for a baby box?

Absolutely!  We encourage it!  And we can assist!

Who can we contact to get started?

Steps for installing a Safe Haven Baby Box

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Apply for Permits

Apply for permits from the local building inspection authority, if applicable. SHBB may provide
box specifications as needed and upon request. Contractor and facility owner should consider
consulting with the building architect on file for the location, or a professional structural
engineer.

Consult a building Architect

Wall sections of each building will defer, and owner and contractor should consult the building architect or a
professional engineer for structural recommendations, such as a header.

Demolition

Once permit is received, coordination with site owner(s) and contractor may begin with
demolition for installation.