Metal boxes mounted into the side of a building where a baby can be left. The boxes are temperature controlled, lock when closed and authorities are alerted when something is inside the box. Some believe this is a good way to allow for a woman to give up a baby without having to be face to face with someone when she does it. Some believe this option will save babies lives. Others think it’s not safe enough for the baby.
In Kansas and Missouri a parent can relinquish their rights to any baby up to age 45 days. If there are no signs of abuse and the baby is handed to a person at an approved location, the parent does not have to answer any questions and cannot be prosecuted.
The approved locations are:
City and county health departments
Pregnancy resource centers
A person can call 211 for help assisting with questions or assistance involving Safe Havens for Newborns.
(Note: Many people understandably confuse “Safe Havens for Newborns” with QuikTrip’s “Safe Place” partnership. QuikTrip locations have a “Safe Place” program for at-risk youth who are homeless, being abused, or for whatever reason need assistance. QuikTrip is NOT a location where a mother can relinquish her baby. Here’s more information on QuikTrip’s program.)