VINCENNES, Ind. — Indiana’s Safe Haven law was at the forefront of a Vincennes Board of Works meeting Monday as they approved a contract to bring a baby box to the community.
A Safe Haven Baby Box, typically installed in an exterior wall of a fire department or hospital, provides a legal option for parents in crisis to safely and anonymously surrender a newborn.
The Vincennes baby box will be located at Fire Station 1 on the corner of 10th and Vigo streets.
Breeze Johnson, who helped spearhead local efforts, said the baby box will take approximately 6 weeks to ship and another couple of days to install.
“I’m excited,” she said. “I can’t say enough about how excited I am this is finally happening.”
Once the box is installed, the city will hold a ribbon cutting event that will include a blessing of the baby box.
According to the contract, the baby box will cost around $15,000, including a $10,000 initial fee and approximately $5,000 in additional fees. There will also be a $200 annual fee for each year the county has the device.
Johnson said funding for the box came from a Facebook fundraiser as well as donations from the local Knights of Columbus chapter and the Vincennes Moose Lodge.
Six infants have been surrendered to baby boxes throughout the state in the past two years. The most recent surrender was last week in New Haven.