State's 17th Safe Haven Baby Box to be installed in Frankfort

A Safe Haven Baby Box was installed at the Vernon Township Fire Department in Fortville Monday. (WTHR photo)

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WTHR) – The Frankfort Fire Department Headquarters will be the recipient of the state's 17th Safe Haven Baby Box.

The baby box will be installed and available to the public on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.

The goal of the Safe Haven Baby Box is to allow people to safely and anonymously surrender healthy infants without fear of prosecution.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to utilize our fire funds in a manner that will benefit mothers and children," Township Trustee Kevin Evans said. "While we hope the box will never need to be used, we are grateful to have this option available in our community.”

The baby boxes and the Safe Haven hotline have provided resources to Hoosier moms who have surrendered dozens of newborns since 2016.

Frankfort's new baby box will be the 21st in the nation.

Center Township of Clinton County provided the funding necessary to install Frankfort’s Safe Haven Baby Box.

The Safe Haven Baby Box organization also staffs a 24-hour hotline at 1-866-99BABY1, so parents can talk to trained professionals about possibly surrendering their baby. You can also visit the Safe Haven Baby Box website for more information regarding their program and Baby Box locations.

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