The Safe Haven Baby Box in Madison.

Third infant surrendered at Madison Safe Haven Baby Box

MADISON – A third infant has been surrendered at the Madison Safe Haven Baby Box.

The child was anonymously surrendered at the Safe Haven Baby Box located at Madison Fire Station 1. This is the third since the box’s opening on Jan. 10. The box was quickly used for the first time on Jan. 21 and for a second time in February.

The City of Madison is not releasing details of the third infant to the protect the anonymity of the parents and child but said that the infant was checked by first responders at the fire station and then transferred to Madison Hospital, as per protocol, and that DHR has been notified.

In a statement, the city said, “The City of Maison recognizes the immense need for resources for mothers-in-crisis, and will continue to provide trusted emergency response to every infant placed in the Safe Haven Box. Further resources are available through the Safe Haven Organization with free confidential counseling via their hotline 1-866-998BABY1.”

Safe Haven Baby Boxes offer a safe and anonymous way for a parent to surrender their newborn child. Changes in Alabama law, led by Kids to Love last year, increased the time in which a parent can legally surrender their child to 45 days old and allowed for Safe Haven Baby Boxes to enter the state. Madison was the first city in Alabama to have a Safe Haven Baby Box, and at least nine other cities across the state have already or are planning to follow suit.

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