Baby Surrendered in Safe Haven Baby Box Raises Total to 35 Nationwide

A newborn was safely surrendered in a baby box at Carmel Fire Department Station #345 this week, marking the fourth time in just over a year that a baby has been entrusted to the care of the department. The program, designed to provide a safe and secure environment for infants, has proven successful once again.

Carmel Fire Department Station

In a statement by Safe Haven Baby Boxes, the organization praised the professional response from the Carmel Fire Station #345, applauding their quick action in aiding the newborn. This latest surrender brings the national count of babies surrendered in baby boxes to 35 since 2017, with a total of 14 babies this year alone.

Carmel Fire Department Station baby box

Carmel Fire Chief David Haboush expressed appreciation for the mother’s courage and love in choosing to surrender her baby in a safe manner. The department feels honored to have been entrusted with this fourth baby in their Safe Haven Baby Box.

Currently, there are a total of 157 baby boxes across 11 states. Mothers in need of assistance can also call the national hotline at 866-99BABY1 for guidance on safely surrendering a newborn. Operators have received over 9,000 calls, resulting in the surrender of more than 130 babies.

Carmel Fire Department Station infant surrender

The Safe Haven Baby Boxes themselves are equipped with temperature control and sound an alarm when a baby is placed inside, immediately alerting firefighters. Upon removal from the box, the infant is examined by medical professionals and taken to the hospital. Babies surrendered in these boxes typically find adoptive families within a month.

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