The 63rd Safe Haven Baby Box in the nation was opened April 30 at the Brownsburg Fire Territory Fire Station 131, 55 E Main St., Brownsburg. It is the 55th Safe Haven Baby Box in Indiana.
Nonprofit Safe Haven Baby Box was founded by firefighter/medic Monica Kelsey who was abandoned as an infant. The boxes allow new parents who are unable or unwilling to take care of a newborn to anonymously drop off babies younger than 30 days old — no questions asked.
The organization offers a 24-hour crisis hotline and promotes education of Safe Haven laws.
“Safe Haven Baby Boxes works hard to ensure that every parent knows all their options including a Safe Haven surrender,” Kelsey said. “We are proud to have Brownsburg Fire Territory Fire Station 131 as our 63rd Baby Box location and appreciate how the fire territory of Brownsburg is taking a proactive approach to end infant abandonment in our country.”
The Brownsburg baby box was made possible by community donors, including St. Malachy Catholic Church, St. Malachy Catholic Church Gabriel Project, St. Malachy Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, Council #12540 and the Brownsburg Sertoma Club.