On January 23 (Monday) the Kansas House Committee on Child Welfare and Foster Care is holding a hearing on HB 2024, a bill to legalize the use of Safe Haven Baby Boxes—called Infant Refuge Bassinets in the bill. Kansas has never sealed Original Birth Certificates. There is opposition on the ground in Kansas, and we are asking those opposed to these devices to testify in person in Topeka, or by remote. or to send emails in opposition.
It’s only January 16, but already a record-breaking eight states have Safe Haven Baby Box bills in the hopper, and at least one more state is scheduled to drop a bill soon. We can expect more since not all states are in session yet…Check it out!
Overview of Mississippi law, statistics, legislation, and news stories related to Safe Haven Baby Boxes. Law No law related to baby boxes. Legislation 2023 HB 200 Revises the Montana Safe Haven Law to allow a “newborn safety device” (baby box) to be installed at state-approved locations for anonymous relinquishment by a parent. Also allows for a 911 emergency call pick-up by designated service providers. Pending No legislation Hearings/Testimony/Letters None to date. News &Commentary
In a recent TikTok, Monica Kelsey, founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes continued her assault on adopted people and adoptee rights… This time around Mrs. Kelsey really jammed it with a head butt into her screen to get her point across that adoptees “with issues” aren’t welcome at her table.
Known or reported cases of infants abandoned in Kentucky baby boxes.
Known or reported cases of infants abandoned in Florida baby boxes.
We’ve slowed down for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working. Angelika the Personal Assistant Cat has decorated the office and through her amazing magical cat powers brought the temperature in Corpus, Christi down from the low 80s to 23 degrees. Don’t cross her!
Does anyone believe that all 21 (or is that 22?) babies left in baby boxes and their mothers experienced no medical issues? No medical provider I have ever spoken to believes this.
Dobbs certainly impacts the restoration of adoptee rights to records, history, family, and identity. It establishes a state-backed pattern of purposeful creation and growth of an adopted class without normal identity rights and maintains the spurious ethics of adoption secrecy. It promotes the commercialization of child adoptee bodies and attempts to invent adult adoptee gratitude and adherence to adoption and its institutions. Should we expect a big boom in therapy in 20 years? These are things we need to think about:
Under Oklahoma’s traditional safe haven law, babies up to 30 days of age can be dropped off. Mrs. Kelsey, seems to imply in the article, though, that that age restriction isn’t adequate. Does she mean that parents need more than 30 days to decide if parenting is “right” for them? That safe haven laws pressure parents to decide early? I dunno. I’m old, and I remember when drive-by parenting was discouraged. Unthinkable. Condemned.
People just don’t like the idea of sticking a baby in a box. So it’s being rebranded.
So let’s get this straight. Anyone who opposes Safe Haven Baby Boxes, Inc and its movement and its Dear Leader is weaving the Devil’s handiwork. God has appointed her to break the loom and build the box.
In the parlance of adoptee experience, this is adoption mindfuck at its dirtiest. A neat linguistic and psychological trick that forces adoptees to internalize the adoption lie and never to question adoption–and in the baby box case, the acquisition process. Issues of abandonment, shame, self-worth, depression, suicidal ideation, and self-loathing are the throughline of the adoptee experience. The baby box narrative with its contradictory mother-child message and celebration of abandonment and anonymity moves the bar even lower if that is possible.
The job of top SSHBBN researcher takes me all over the map, and it is easy to get lost. You wouldn’t believe the things we don’t report on her here and just stash away in a file folder. Sometimes I want to report something, but it’s really too small to spend my time enlarging on but still needs to be noticed beyond my green news-stalker eyes. Today I offer two short takes from those.
Ohio Safe Haven Baby Boxes are in trouble and under investigation by the. state… Mrs Kelsey says that she wants to work with ODOH to settle the issue, but she hasn’t taken responsibility for any violations of Ohio law and her own protocols. Her failure to catch these problems or just plain ignore them, reeks of careless management and an obsession to cook the books with baby boxes that don’t meet standards. “The law doesn’t mean what it says.” is the battle cry. AG Yost, in a letter to Union Township Trustees regarding one of their issues, responded, “yes it does.”
And Best! Notably absent–finally–were SHBB Inc founder and CEO Monica Kelsey and her sometime minions who hog the media like they’re the Kardashians. That alone is reason to rejoice! An actual sane discussion without yappy agitprop, paranoia, cooked stats, and thoughts and prayers. I haven’t seen any public grousing from their side, but they like to keep the slightest criticism on the down-low. Adoptee criticism especially is black-holed.
We learned yesterday, quite by accident, that baby boxers attempted to get a box bill through the Kansas legislature last session under an assumed name: Newborn Refuge Cribs. This term never came through in bill searches because until this bill came along no such term existed.
Adopted people across the adoptee and political spectrum –from very pro-adoption to virulent adoption haters oppose Safe Haven Baby Boxes. If Mrs. Kelsey were plugged into AdoptionLand and AdopteeSocialMedia, instead of hanging out in her echo chamber, she would know that and maybe even figure out why. Instead, she prefers to dismiss us as “haters” who enjoy stories of discarded and dead babies because…
This is a surprising development—but maybe it isn’t when you consider the baby box chicken-in-every pot vision of a future America.
Safe Haven and Baby Box laws were never intended to be an after-the-fact legal workaround for abusive or neglectful or lazy parents “at the end of their rope,” as the professional baby box propaganda team wants us to believe.
A Louisville church decides to throw money at an unproven, unethical, dangerous, archaic social experiment that can’t even be defined as a band-aid.
For Samuels, adoptees are projections—imaginary grateful beneficiaries of her imaginary Adoptopia, or what she calls “the wonder of adoption.”
Adopted people have been subjected to this kind of exploitation, objectification, and third-party self-aggrandizement for decades.
There is a vast public misconception that Safe Haven laws and Baby Boxes are about rescuing newborns from certain death. A guest post by Elizabeth Jurenovich.
Text of a letter from Jillian Skinner, New South Wales Minister of Health, to Senator Helen Polley, in response to a request to consider introducing baby boxes and safe haven laws in New South Wales, Australia.
Text of an email from Monica Kelsey, CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., to Dr. Jerome Adams, then the Indiana state health commissioner (he later became the US Surgeon General).
Announcing the launch of Stop Safe Haven Baby Boxes Now!, an internet activist project dedicated to the abolition of adoptee and adoption anonymity.
We object to Safe Haven Baby Boxes because they undermine the Adoptee Rights Movement. Can it be any more clear?
New Mexico legislators play delirious to spend half a million dollars to maintain secret pregnancy, relinquishment, and adoption.
When Linda Znachko speaks at baby box blessings, she refers to the day a baby is boxed up and left behind, as “a birthday party waiting to happen.”
The Safe Haven Baby Box Blitzkrieg continues to rip through Indiana—and other states.
State-facilitated anonymous “safe deliveries” and baby boxes are permanent identity erasure, not closed adoption.
One selling point for getting a town to install a baby box has been the claim that the cost of the box will not come out of taxpayer pockets. Well, that’s in question.
Maine has a near-zilch history of discarded baby cases. The state doesn’t need another backstop.
A compilation of some of the most weird-ass pro and con baby box testimony I’ve ever heard, all on Maine’s LD560.
For some time I’ve wondered why Pennsylvania hasn’t acquired any Safe Haven Baby Boxes. Well, now I know why.
This year, 12 states are debating bills to legalize (or expand) the use of Safe Haven Baby Boxes.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc. continues to dismiss adoptees and undermine the adoptee rights movement. Just be glad you’re alive and adopted.
This bill fits right in with Arkansas’ other “prolife” mandates such as informing abortion seekers they can rely on bogus “abortion reversals” to halt medicated abortions if they change their minds halfway through the process.
A comprehensive set of news stories related to Indiana and the Safe Haven Baby Box movement in the state
Information on Safe Haven Baby Box cases in Indiana.
Safe Haven Baby Box cases in Arkansas, drawn from news reports, social media, and other resources.
On December 4, 2020, Gary, Indiana Fire Station # 5 became the 48th location in the state to open a Safe Haven Baby Box where mothers can legally abandon their secret newborns by depositing them in a box-in-a-wall to prevent personal inconvenience, embarrassment, and shame.
Florida’s first Safe Haven Baby Box will open soon in Ocala.
Monica Kelsey, founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, announced that her organization will soon open its first Baby Box in Florida.
Unfortunately, just when I think “they” have reached the bottom of the barrel, the bottom drops another foot.
Ordinarily, I’d just dismiss this particular adoption story, but there’s a catch.
Christian zealots have weaponized Safe Haven—and now Baby Boxes—to push their forced-birth agenda during COVID-19 hysteria.
The Bentonville Box was the first Baby Box in the state, funded in large part by the local Knights of Columbus. The city is agog with joy.
Abortion abolitionists continue their fantasies about abortion and adoption, and abortees and adoptees.
Last week the Village Council of Pioneer, Ohio—population 1,300—unanimously approved installation of a baby box at the village fire station.
Despite reports from baby boxers, neither Tim Jaccard nor his organization or the National Safe Haven Alliance support the implementation of baby boxes.