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NEWS RELEASE: Westfield Fire Department Unveils Safe Haven Baby Box at Station #83

Date: November 13, 2020

Contact: Vicki Duncan Gardner

Email: vgardner@westfield.in.gov

Cell: 317.416.6612

      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Westfield, IN – Today the Westfield Fire Department and Safe Haven Baby Boxes announced the launch of a new baby box location at Fire Station #83 at 17944 Grassy Branch Road in Westfield. This location is the 51st Safe Haven Baby Box in the country and is now available to the public.  

“I am pleased to see Westfield have a Safe Haven Baby Box,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “While I hope it is never used, it is important that we have this available for a parent in crisis. Every baby deserves a chance and this program is one way to make that possible.”

“We are always looking for innovative ways to serve our community,” said Westfield Fire Chief Marcus Reed. “Adding a Safe Haven Baby Box to one of our stations is just another way we can proactively protect our most vulnerable.”

Safe Haven Baby Boxes cost roughly $15k to install and are equipped with alarm systems to immediately notify staff at the fire station. The boxes also have heating and cooling features and are made to lock as soon as the baby is placed inside. Several local businesses and community members donated to support this Westfield Safe Haven Baby Box location.

Indiana is one of five sates with updated Safe Haven Laws to include additional infant surrender options, such as the Safe Haven Baby Box. Click here to view all the Safe Haven Baby Box locations.

   

About Safe Haven Baby Boxes

The mission of Safe Haven Baby Boxes is to end infant abandonment by raising awareness of the Safe Haven Law by providing resources for safe and legal infant surrender. The organization staffs a 24-hour anonymous hotline (1-866-99BABY1) for mothers in crisis. In Indiana, nine babies have been surrendered inside Safe Haven Baby Boxes since the first box was installed in 2016.

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