Baby Box added to Lovers Lane location of Bowling Green Fire Department

Photo courtesy of Bowling Green Fire Department

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Fire Department on Lovers Lane is now the site of a Baby Box.

Starting Dec. 19, the box will be available to women in crisis who need to anonymously and safely surrender their infant.

This will be possible after a blessing takes place Monday at 1 p.m. The community it invited to attend the event at 385 Lovers Lane in Bowling Green.

According to a release by BGFD and Safe Haven Baby Boxes, this will be the 132nd Baby Box in the nation. The Bowling Green Baby Box will be the 15th location in Kentucky.

The Baby Box has climate control and a silent alarm system that notifies first responders of a surrendered infant. The infant will be attended to within five minutes, medically evaluated and adopted within 30 to 45 days, the release states.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes was founded by Monica Kelsey, who was abandoned as an infant. Initially, she served her country spending eight years in the military and served her community as a firefighter and medic. Now her life’s mission is to end infant abandonment with the aid of awareness and education on Safe Haven Laws.

Bowling Green Fire Department chief Justin Brooks stated, “Our job as leaders in this community is to bring proactive measures to help meet the mission. The mission of the BGFD is to serve, save and protect… make it better. The addition of a Safe Haven Baby Box is an example of one of those measures that helps support the community.”

Twenty one infants have been placed in a Baby Box since 2017. Seven Safe Haven Baby Box surrenders have occurred so far this year.

For any questions, Kelsey will be on site at the blessing.