Safe Haven Baby Boxes are a last resort option for women who feel they can’t take care of their baby, but want to be completely anonymous.
Parents can surrender their child with “no shame, no blame, no names”. In Ohio, parents can surrender their child until the baby is 30 days old. They can hand off their child to a police officer, hospital employee, or emergency medical services worker at work; or they can take their child to a Safe Haven Baby Box.
1-866-992-2291 (or 1-866-99BABY1) is a National Safe Haven crisis hotline available 24/7 to assist women who may want to speak to a licensed counselor about their situation, or to find a safe haven location.
If you are considering this option, we highly encourage you to call the hotline first and talk to a counselor about your situation. They can provide guidance as you determine the best choice for you, and how to go about it. They are also a source of support for birthmoms who have surrendered their child.
Paulding County Hospital now has a Safe Haven Baby Box near their Med/Surg floor visitor entrance. This is accessed through their parking lot directly facing our clinic (north east parking lot). The box is in the wall near a bench.
There are many baby box locations in Ohio and other states. There is hope. You are loved, and not alone.
Click the link below to go to the safe haven baby box site. find locations and learn more.