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Posted on: January 10, 2024

City of Madison Proudly Blesses Safe Haven Baby Box

Madison Fire and Rescue now features a Safe Haven Baby Box and serves at the first operational infant surrender box in the state available to serve women in crisis 24/7. Including the Madison location, there are 192 Baby Box locations across the U.S.. The initiative was led with the guidance of the the Safe Haven operation and funded through Kids to Love. The box is conveniently located on the east side of the building facing Hughes Road. 

"The Safe Haven Baby Box provides a vital resource to our community, especially for the most fragile of our numbers. We hope if ever the situation calls for use of the Safe Haven location at Fire Station 1, any mother-in-crisis can be assured their little-one will be cared for by the trained and compassionate hands of Madison Fire and Rescue. We extend sincere gratitude to the Kids to Love Foundation for leading fundraising efforts for this cause, and thank everyone involved in establishing this Safe Haven location in the City of Madison," says Mayor Paul Finley.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes was formed by Monica Kelsey in 2016 as she learned in adulthood that she was abandoned as an infant. Today, the organization fights tirelessly to protect women in crisis and their infants in a mission to end infant abandonment. A key aspect of this mission is the Safe Haven Haven Baby Box which allows for the legal safe surrender of a baby with complete anonymity for the birth mother. It is permissible in states that have amended their state’s existing Safe Haven Law to allow for Baby Box placement. 

The organization aids women in crisis with their National Hotline, 1-866-99BABY1. The hotline provides free, confidential counseling with expertise in each state’s Safe Haven Law. Education is a key component of Safe Haven Baby Boxes' mission. Kelsey shared, “We are ecstatic to kick off the 1st blessing of 2024 with Alabama’s 1st Baby Box! It is such a joy to have an additional state where we are serving vulnerable members of the community. We know this is the 1st of many locations in this great state.”

"We knew there would be a need for these baby boxes in Alabama,” said Kids to Love Founder and CEO Lee Marshall. “We worked quickly on a plan to get these boxes made and distributed in places across the state where they are needed most. We are thankful that the city saw the need as well. We also are grateful that our donor saw the need and made a generous donation that will ensure mothers have a safe and anonymous way to turn their children over to agencies that will work together in the children’s best interests.”

If a woman chooses to surrender her infant via the Baby Box, the door locks when the mother closes the box. Alarms alert the location that a baby has been surrendered and the Madison Fire and Rescue team will retrieve the infant within minutes. The infant will immediately be transported to the hospital for medical evaluation and the baby will be with their adoptive family soon. 

"Our team at Madison Fire and Rescue is dedicated to providing life saving services across our community. Partnering with the Safe Haven team, Kids to Love, and Madison Hospital helps us serve the City of Madison in an incredibly impactful way. We are thrilled to join the ranks of Safe Haven Baby Box locations throughout the nation. Our First Responders are trained in providing infant critical care and on the Safe Haven Law to provide support for anonymous mothers-in-crisis," add Madison Fire Chief Dave Bailey.


In 2023, a record 17 babies were surrendered via Baby Box. More women are trusting the organization to protect themselves and their infants in a time of need. Since the first Baby Box surrender in 2017, 37 infants have been placed in a Baby Box with the numbers increasing year over year. The hotline has also assisted with over 130 surrenders at Safe Haven locations.

For any questions, Monica Kelsey will be on-site at this blessing. For more information please contact Monica at monicakelsey@safehavenbabyboxes.com


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