The City of Hillsdale is considering installing a Safe Haven Baby Box at the Hillsdale City Fire Department where people can anonymously and safely drop off unwanted newborns.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes coincide with the existing Michigan Safe Haven Law which allows a mother to surrender a child to an emergency service provider within 72 hours of birth.
The “Baby Box” is a padded and climate controlled box that locks once a baby is placed inside, and then alerts emergency personnel.
Hillsdale City Chief of Police Scott A. Hephner urges city council to approve the program. According to agenda item summery, funding for the box is in the works along with the monthly cost for the alarm company. Currently, the only known cost to the City would be for the electricity to power the alarm and heater.
For more information about Safe Haven Baby Boxes visit http://www.safehavenbabyboxes.com and more information regarding the Michigan Safe Haven Law visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71548_7200—,00.html
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