What is a Safe Haven Baby Box?

By Kaitlyn Chrisemer

Safe haven baby boxes are places where birth mothers can leave their babies if they cannot care for them. In Colorado, parents can anonymously surrender their babies within 72 hours (3 days) of the child’s birth. Safe haven laws were established in Colorado in 2000. These laws ensure that birth parents in crisis have a safe place to leave their children. As long as the baby is not harmed, no questions will be asked, and the process is completely confidential. 

In Colorado, these locations aren’t exactly “boxes” so much as hand-off meeting spots. For the safety of the child, it’s required that birth parents give the infant to a person. Any personnel working at a fire station or hospital can accept the surrendered child. Birth parents are not required to give any identifying information as long as the baby is not harmed. However, the child’s birthday, place of birth, race, and medical information are helpful. Additionally, no authorities will be called as long as the baby is unharmed and under 72 hours old. 

After the baby is handed off to a firefighter or hospital worker, any necessary medical care will be provided. Social services will then be contacted, and parental rights will be terminated within the next few months. Then, the baby will be placed with a family that has been approved for adoption.

Why Use A Safe Haven Baby Box?

Safe Haven laws were created to protect babies whose birth parents experience a crisis and cannot care for their children. This means that birth parents had a safe place to bring their babies so they would be cared for. Safe haven locations are specifically for birth mothers who wish to remain anonymous. The entire process is completely confidential, and the birth mother doesn’t have to go through the adoption process

Adoption can be a scary decision, and the choices can feel overwhelming. Some birth mothers may feel it’s easier to leave their baby in a safe place than to make these choices. They may be concerned an adoption agency will ask too much of them, judge them, or make them easy to find. Perhaps an unexpected and dangerous situation has come up right after the baby’s birth. Safe haven locations may be the best way a birth mother knows to keep her child safe. 

Safe haven laws and locations allow for birth mothers to give their babies up for adoption without being involved. They don’t have to work with an adoption agency in Colorado or make an adoption plan. All decisions about the baby’s placement are left to social services, and there is no record of their involvement. If you need help with a safe haven baby drop-off, call the confidential hotline at 1-888-510-2229 (BABY). 

Types of Private Adoption with Adoption Choices

We at Adoption Choices of Colorado want you to know that a safe haven isn’t the only confidential option. We don’t only deal in open adoptions. In fact, we help with many closed adoptions. Open adoption is where the birth mother and adoptive family are in contact. Sometimes this can also mean that the birth mother visits with the child after the adoption are finalized. 

Closed adoptions are where the adoptive family doesn’t receive any information about the birth family. In this case, neither the child nor the adoptive family will contact you. Closed adoptions are confidential and anonymous, just like safe havens. The difference is that you can have a say in the process of placing your baby for adoption with agencies. 

Adoption Choices of Colorado Closed Adoption

Adoption Choices of Colorado can help with your closed adoption if you wish to remain anonymous. We help make sure birth mothers are comfortable throughout the adoption process. You can be involved in the process and decision-making as much or as little as you’d like. You must understand safe haven isn’t the only option in confidential unplanned pregnancy adoption. 

Many birth mothers might be scared to go to an adoption agency. Most people think private adoption agencies are only used when birth mothers want to be involved in the adoption. However, Adoption Choices of Colorado can help with both closed and open adoptions. We want you to be as comfortable as possible throughout this journey. Your needs and wishes are our main concerns. Everyone involved wants what’s best for you and your baby. 

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.

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