NEW HAVEN and COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) — Two new Baby Boxes are set to open at fire stations in Columbia City and New Haven in the coming days.
On Sunday, a Safe Haven Baby Box will be made available at the New Haven Fire Station on Hartzell Road. Then, on Monday, the Columbia City Fire Station on South Chauncey Street will open a Baby Box.
The new Baby Boxes will push the number of Baby Boxes nationwide to 23. Nineteen are located in Indiana.
“New Haven Fire Department proudly takes this proactive step with installing a Safe Haven Baby Box on the east side of Fort Wayne to allow mothers in our communities to have this life saving option if they need to use it,” said New Haven Fire Chief Josh Hale. “It would be a tragedy for us to need this box and not have it, so we are thrilled to offer this option.”
Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue added: “Columbia City Fire Department knows how every resource sometimes has to be utilized depending on every person’s needs. We are proud to be one of the first 25 locations across America to provide this life saving option to mothers in crisis.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes allow parents to surrender newborn babies with complete anonymity and without fear of criminal prosecution. The boxes, which cost roughly $15,000 to install, are equipped with alarm systems to notify 9-1-1 immediately. Safe Haven Baby Boxes also have heating and cooling features and lock as soon as the baby is placed inside.
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.
Safe Haven Baby Box locations:
- Woodburn City Fire Department, 22731 Main St., Woodburn IN 46797
- Coolspring TWP Fire Department, 7111 W 400 N, Michigan City IN 46360
- Decatur TWP Fire Department, 3750 Foltz St., Indianapolis IN 46221
- Chesterton Fire Department- 702 Broadway, Chesterton IN 46304
- North Vernon Fire Department, 1001 N 2nd St., North Vernon IN 47265
- Carmel Fire Department Station 45, 10701 N College Ave., Indianapolis IN 46280
- Franciscan Health Michigan City, 3500 Franciscan Way, Michigan City IN 46360
- Mount Vernon Fire Department, 311 College St., Mt Vernon IN 47620
- Seymour Fire Department #3, 605 Meadowbrook Drive, Seymour IN 47274
- Franciscan Health Hammond, 5454 Hohman Ave., Hammond IN 46320
- Turkey Creek Fire Territory Station #2, 8138 E. McClintic Road, Syracuse IN 46567
- Warsaw Fire Station #2, 2204 E Center St., Warsaw IN 46580
- St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago, IN 46312
- Vernon Township Fire Station #3, 600 Vitality Drive, Fortville, IN 46040
- Crown Point Fire Station, 126 N. East St., Crown Point, IN 46307
- Angola Fire Station, 202 W. Gilmore St., Angola, IN 46703
- Frankfort Fire Station, 257 South Clay St., Frankfort, IN 46041
- Hicksville Community Hospital, 208 N. Columbus St., Hicksville OH 43526
- Van Wert Health, 1250 S Washington St., Van Wert OH 45891
- Defiance Fire Department, 702 W 3rd St., Defiance OH 43512
- Benton Fire Station #3, 2717 Edison Ave., Benton Arkansas 72015
- Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, 5555 W Thunderbird Road, Glendale AZ 85306
- Cardon Children’s Medical Center, 1400 S Dobson Road, Mesa AZ 85202
- Banner Estrella Medical Center, 9201 W Thomas Road, Phoenix AZ 85037
- HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center, 19829 N 27th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85027
- HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, 7400 E Osborn Road, Scottsdale AZ 85251
- Maricopa Medical Center, 2601 E Roosevelt St., Phoenix AZ 85008