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Posted on: January 24, 2024

Madison Safe Haven Location Used Only Two Weeks After Ribbon Cutting

Madison Fire and Rescue Department along side Safe Haven Baby Boxes organization announce the first safe haven surrender via a Baby Box for the state of Alabama has occurred at the Madison Fire Department. Just two short weeks after it was blessed and put into operation, Madison received their first blessing. Safe Haven Baby Boxes fills the void in the Safe Haven movement as the only organization in the nation dedicated to providing an anonymous surrender option for mothers in crisis.

“Madison Fire and Rescue is very blessed to be able to help provide a safe alternative for a parent in times of crisis. Making an adoption plan for a newborn is a tough decision. Sometimes this needs to be anonymous, and our state law now allows for this. We know leaving a baby with us is a difficult decision, but it is absolutely the right decision in a situation where the baby will not receive appropriate care otherwise. Daily our members strive to serve others in need so thank you for allowing us, alongside our local partners to serve you and your little baby girl. Your baby was quickly retrieved from our Safe Haven Baby Box by the loving arms of our Firefighter/Medics, then into the loving arms of the Madison Hospital nurses, and will soon be placed with a loving family,” says Chief David Bailey, Madison Fire and Rescue Department.

"Establishing the this resource for our community has proved vital in the City of Madison. While there is a somberness in respect to a mother who made a difficult decision, there is also a joy for the child's future. We are grateful for Kids to Love's efforts in sourcing funding and working with legislators to amend state laws to support the Baby Box location," adds Mayor Paul Finley.

The Safe Haven organization's mission is to end infant abandonment and advocate for the Safe Haven Law. In addition to educating citizens on the Safe Haven Law, Safe Haven Baby Boxes provides free confidential counseling via their hotline 1-866-99BABY1. While the box remains completely anonymous for mother's-in-crisis, Madison Fire also serves as Safe Haven surrender location if the mother would prefer to surrender in person to our firefighters.

The City of Madison is proud to stand among the other Safe Haven Baby Box locations nationally and will continue to provide for our community in need through this extraordinary service. 

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