National Safe Haven Crisis line 1-866-99BABY1

Events

July 27, 2019

Designer Purse Bingo

5pm - 10pm

Woodburn Community Center

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July 27, 2019

Designer Purse Bingo

Safe Haven Baby Boxes presents a designer purse bingo event. A $35 entry ticket includes 20 games of BINGO, snacks and door prizes. Onsite bartender with beverages available for purchase. This Bingo event will also be a theme:

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN: Dust off that old prom dress, bridesmaid dress or formal dress you've been itching to wear for an adult themed prom-style evening.

There are 10 tables available for  reserved seating. Reserved seating is $300 for a table of eight.

Additional raffles to Include: Mys­tery Purse, 50/50 and more.

Date: July 27th, 2019 Doors Open @ 5:00pm Bingo Starts @ 6:00pm

Event will be at the 

Woodburn Community Center
22731 Main Street

Woodburn IN 46797


To reserve your tickets today call 888-742-2133, or Mariah @ 260-205-1081

5pm - 10pm

Woodburn Community Center

July 30, 2019

An Evening with Monica Kelsey

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Our Lady of Fatima Church--McGinnis Hall

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July 30, 2019

An Evening with Monica Kelsey

We invite you to join us and learn more from the founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, Monica Kelsey,  as she talks about her life as an abandoned infant and the mission she is on to ensure no babies are left in trash cans or dumpsters.  


Enjoy free drinks, Hamburgers, Hotdogs and Jambalaya.  All proceeds go towards a Safe Haven Baby Box installed in Arkansas!


Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Benton Fire Department.


Doors open at 6:00pm.  

Our Lady of Fatima Church -McGinnis Hall

900 W. Cross Street

Benton, AR 72019

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Our Lady of Fatima Church--McGinnis Hall

August 1, 2019

Fundraising Event featuring Monica Kelsey

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Saint John Center

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August 1, 2019

Fundraising Event featuring Monica Kelsey

Come join us for a  FREE DINNER on Thursday August 1, 2019 at the Saint John Center.  This event is free to the public.  Come and hear Nationally recognized speaker, Monica Kelsey, as she shares her passion for life with all who attend.   


Dinner starts at 5:30pm and program starts at 6:30pm.   Dinner will be provided by the Knights of Columbus District 1 and they will be serving their special recipe Spaghetti with sauce, Fresh Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert, Beer, Wine and Punch/Lemonade.  


Address is:

Saint John Center

2500 N. Tyler St. 

Little Rock, AR


All donations will help fund Baby Boxes in the State of Arkansas.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus District 1

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Saint John Center

November 16, 2019

Lorio Ross Dueling Pianos Event

5:30pm - 9:00pm

Quality Inn

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November 16, 2019

Lorio Ross Dueling Pianos Event

We invite you to join us for a night of fun, dinner and entertainment.  Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner starts at 6pm with entertainment starting at 7pm.  Ticket are $50.  

Must be 21 to enter.


Event will be held at:

Quality Inn

13508 State Route 15

Montpelier,OH 43543


To reserve tickets call 1-888-742-2133

5:30pm - 9:00pm

Quality Inn

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

Model Legislation

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 11 active baby boxes - 9 in Indiana and 2 in Ohio. 


  • Thirteen more baby boxes are planned to be available in Indiana, Ohio, and Aransas 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 an illegal abandonment or 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 55 surrenders. 


  • Two babies have been safely surrendered in the Safe Haven Baby Boxes baby box in Michigan City, Indiana.  


  • Five 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.

FDA Determination Letter

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 an 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.