Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Indiana's New Baby Drop Boxes Let Moms Abandon Their Kids Safely

Monica Kelsey stands beside one of Indiana's first baby boxes.© Facebook Monica Kelsey stands beside one of Indiana's first baby boxes.The boxes have become a controversial issue, with critics claiming they encourage abandonment.
The Woodburn Volunteer Fire Department, located about 15 miles east of Fort Wayne in Indiana, is offering a new amenity for mothers. It’s called the Safe Haven Baby Box, a padded, climate-controlled container for newborns. It’s connected to a security system, so the emergency personnel inside the building know when a baby has been placed there, and can be there within moments. These boxes aren’t for babysitting, or keeping a child safe for a short period. They’re for dropping off unwanted infants.