Safe Haven Baby Box in Woodburn receives first infant

February 25, 2019

An infant was surrendered at the Woodburn Fire Department, site of the state’s first “baby box” designed to safely accept babies given up by their parents.

It’s the first time a child has been surrendered at the location, according to an announcement Monday. The infant was surrendered in Woodburn over the weekend.

Monica Kelsey, who founded Safe Haven Baby Box Inc., said a woman called the organization’s hotline to ask for help and agreed to give the child over to a Woodburn firefighter. Safe Haven has at least six boxes in Indiana, two in Ohio and five “baby drawers” in Arizona, according to the organization’s website. 

“She’s a hero in my book,” Kelsey said. “She had all these other options that weren’t as beneficial.”

She declined to say what day the child was surrendered or identify the child’s sex. The baby was just a few hours old, Kelsey said.

Babies also recently were surrendered recently at Kosciusko and Whitley counties.