The fifth Safe Haven Baby Box in Arkansas – and 75th in the nation – went live July 7 at Conway’s Central Fire Station #1, 1401 Caldwell St..
The Safe Haven Baby Box is a device that allows parents to surrender their newborn infants that are less than 30 days old anonymously and safely near fire stations or other first responder stations. In addition to Arkansas, Safe Haven Baby Boxes are located in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida and Arizona.
Since June 2019 Arkansas Right to Life has promoted the Safe Haven Law and Safe Haven Baby Boxes through a billboard campaign beginning with the first billboard in Harrison. Billboards have been placed in 21 Arkansas counties with the goal of placing billboards in all of Arkansas’ 75 counties, said Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life.
Two new billboards are set to go live in Fort Smith (Sebastian County) and El Dorado (Union County) beginning the end of July.
“As we anticipate the reverse of Roe vs. Wade and the need for life-affirming options for mothers unable to parent, Safe Haven Baby Boxes provide mothers a safe and anonymous surrender of their newborn for adoption into forever families,” said Mimms.
The first Safe Haven Baby Box in Arkansas was dedicated in September 2019 at Fire Station No. 3, 2717 Edison Ave., Benton, where the first newborn was surrendered at the location on May 24, 2020. Other Safe Haven Baby Box locations in Arkansas are located at Jonesboro Fire Station No. 3, 2212 Brazos St.; Springdale Fire Station No. 6, 1623 S. 48th St., and Rogers Fire Station No. 5, 2525 South Pinnacle Hills Parkway. Hospitals and law enforcement agencies also serve as surrender locations.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes also planned for Maumelle, Fort Smith, El Dorado, as well as a second location in Rogers.