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Safe Haven Box installed in Abilene Fire Station

Abilene’s Fire Station Seven now has a Safe Haven Baby Box. The Safe Haven organization provides a secure, anonymous place for people to surrender babies they’re unable to care for.

While the organization has been setting up its boxes around the country for several years, founder Monica Kelsey says this is the first Safe Haven Baby Box in Texas, "We are the only organization in America today that is saving the lives of infants in boxes at fire stations and hospitals and let me just tell you this is box number 212, the sixteenth city in the nation and we are just getting started."

Safe Haven installs the Baby Box in an exterior wall of a fire station or hospital. A door on the outside will open and automatically lock when a baby is placed inside. That triggers an alarm alerting first responders that a baby has been placed in the box. The box also has an interior door allowing medical staff to secure the child and deliver it to the hospital for a medical evaluation before being placed in foster care.

Since 2017, individuals from across the U.S. have surrendered 43 Babies into Safe Haven boxes across the country.