Safe Haven Baby Boxes are boxes used to place unwanted infants. The idea was that of Monica Kelsey, who was abandoned as an infant and now wants to give mothers the option to drop off their children to a safer environment. She started the Safe Haven as a non-profit organisation and is looking for donations to place more locations in Indiana and soon after other states in the US.
There are two boxes placed so far both are located near fire departments in the state of Indiana, the first is located in Woodburn and the other in Michigan city.
The boxes achieve anonymity for the mother and safety for the infant. The boxes are all electronically monitored so when a baby is placed in a box emergency personnel are notified within 30 seconds of the baby's placement . The boxes come with a heating and cooling unit so the infant is comfortable whilst placed inside it. The infant is expected to be picked up between 3-5minutes of its arrival in the box. Each box costs between $1,500 (£1,030) and $2,000 (£1,400) to build and place.
Safe Haven has been running for 15 years and has saved 3,153 babies around the country, whilst at the same time, 1,427 have been illegally dumped with the new baby boxes the non-profit hopes to save more lives.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes promise to provide for the mother "no shame, no blame, no names".