For any new mothers in Arkansas wishing to surrender their newborns in Saline County, there’s now a box for that. This week, the Benton City Council approved a Safe Haven Baby Box to be installed on an outside wall at the city’s Fire Station No. 3, KATV reports. The intention is to give mothers a safe and anonymous place other than hospitals and police stations to surrender their babies to the state.
Though the use of the baby box is said to give mothers a “no questions asked” location to surrender their babies, a call to 911 is automatically made when the electronically-monitored drawer is opened. Upon the alert, firefighters will then take the surrendered baby to a local hospital, which will then contact DHS. The baby box — the first in the state — is to be paid for with donations. Installation at the Benton fire station is expected in the next few weeks.
KATV reports that five other states have used Safe Haven Baby Boxes.