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Pregnant? Anonymous surrender is an option.

If it’s time to give birth to your baby or you’ve already given birth, you have options beyond adoption. Indiana has what’s called a Safe Haven Law that lets moms surrender their baby in a safe place, no questions asked.

If you’d like to anonymously surrender your baby, all you have to do is find a Safe Haven Baby Box near you. Baby Boxes are built into the side of a fire station or hospital, where you can place your baby inside a temperature-controlled, padded bassinet. You’ll open the box, place your baby inside, and a medical professional will take things from there.
“My baby deserved the world, and this is how I could give it to her. There were no cameras or anyone I had to justify my decision to. I didn’t want them talking me out of a decision that took me so long to make.”
— Anonymous Birth Mom

What happens when I use a Baby Box?

Baby Boxes are a simple way to surrender your baby. No shame, no blame, no names.
  • It’s legal. Thanks to Indiana’s Safe Haven Law, you can’t be prosecuted for surrendering your baby in a Baby Box. It’s completely legal.
  • It’s safe. Your baby will immediately be tended to by a medical professional, so they’re safe and sound from the moment the box shuts.
  • It’s anonymous. There’s no paperwork or anything else that would identify you when you use a Baby Box. You don’t even need to talk to anyone to use the Baby Box.
  • It’s free. You don’t have to pay anything to use a Baby Box. There are absolutely no costs, fees or bills to worry about.

What will my baby’s experience be like?

Baby Boxes are a safe alternative when you want to remain anonymous.

  • The door locks for your baby’s safety. You can leave immediately, knowing that they’ll be safe inside the box.
  • A silent alarm will activate, so a medical professional inside will know that there’s a baby who needs attention. If there’s nobody inside, the alarm will call someone to be dispatched to the box.
  • Your baby will be taken to the emergency room to make sure they’re in good health.
  • Your baby will be placed in foster care through the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). Eventually your baby may be permanently adopted by a family approved by DCS.

Where can I anonymously surrender my baby?

There are more than 60 Baby Boxes across Indiana where you can anonymously surrender your baby.

If you’d like to leave non-identifying information about your health so that your child can know about their medical background, you can fill out this form.

Not sure if this is the right choice for you? Learn about your other options when you’re pregnant.