South Bend Safe Haven Baby Box an option for Hoosier parents
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In the midst of the ongoing fight over abortion rights, South Bend’s first and only Safe Haven Baby Box is an option for Hoosier parents in crisis.
The baby box, located at Fire Station #11 on Bendix Drive, lets parents give up their babies to the state with no questions asked.
Monica Kelsey, the founder of Safe Haven, was surrendered as a baby herself, and believes the overturning of Roe v. Wade makes Safe Haven’s mission even more important.
“We’ve never had a time in our history where there wasn't abortion but there was Safe Haven,” said Kelsey. “And so, I don't think any of us truly know the impact that it’s gonna bring to Safe Haven in any state in this country.”
Kelsey wants unsure parents to consider a Safe Haven Baby Box.
“I would tell any parent that you are so much more than you think. You have so much to give, you have so much to work with on options that are available to you. And Safe Haven Baby Boxes are here to walk alongside you to make sure you choose the best option for yourself,” she said. “But we will never judge you, never shame you, and we will never tell you that you made a bad decision. As long as you keep the child safe, we will walk alongside you and protect you along the way.”