WOODBURN, Ind. (WOWO):A program designed to save infants at extreme risk of abandonment without incriminating the parent or guardian is coming to Coolspring Township near Michigan City Thursday.
The Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department will unveil a recently installed “Safe Haven Baby Box.” It’s the second such box in the entire country.
The box is designed to save abandoned babies at fire stations that aren’t manned around the clock. It’s designed to allow a mother or father in distress the opportunity to surrender an unharmed infant in a secure place. When a baby is placed in the Safe Haven box it notifies emergency personnel who come and rescue it.
Monica Kelsey, a volunteer firefighter from Woodburn, Indiana and the founder of the Safe Haven Baby Box, will address the ribbon cutting ceremony. Kelsey herself was abandoned as an infant.