We are happy to announce the launch of Stop Safe Haven Baby Boxes Now!, an internet activist project dedicated to the abolition of adoptee and adoption anonymity.
Our main focus is on the growing acceptance and use of Safe Haven Baby Boxes (SHBB) and laws enacted around them, which authorize a parent (or depending on the state, someone else) to anonymously and legally abandon a newborn in a deposit box at a fire station or other authorized facility and walk away guilt-and prosecution-free. Currently over 100 boxes have been installed in the US since 2016, with many more planned. Advocates, eager by their own admission for the expected demise of Roe v Wade, claim that “desperate women” in states where access to safe and legal abortions will soon be severely limited or even non-existent, need their anonymous box “choice” to “protect” themselves and their babies from… well…whatever. SHBB leaders claim they are doing God’s will.
Stop Safe Haven Baby Boxes Now! is an adoptee-centered—but not exclusive—non-partisan space that serves as an educational source and tool for activists, researchers, the media, and the public at large, to de-propagandize and deconstruct the Safe Haven Baby Box myth and movement. Our goal is to expose how the Safe Haven Baby Box movement rejects best practices in child welfare, adoption, foster care, and pre- and post-natal care.
The SHBB movement opposes family preservation. We will show how the movement—using the slogans “Women Demand Anonymity” and “Anonymity Matters”— is adopteephobic. It politically undermines and trivializes the Adoptee Rights movement and the civil right of all adopted people to obtain their own birth and adoption records, history, identity, and other information. It minimizes the lived adoptee experience. SHBB in fact, attempts to silence adoptees who oppose baby boxes by pathologizing their objections claiming we are “angry adoptees who hate adoption.” Moreover, SHBB disempowers parents—especially mothers—by promoting an antiquated draconian solution to a temporary problem. We despair over the effects boxing will have on a new generation of socially constructed orphans/adoptees dumped in a box-in-the- wall for someone’s convenience and comfort.
This site includes up-to-date legislative tracking, individual, state and local updates and information, national and international news stories, policy statements and documents from organizations that oppose SHBB, and a large collection of critical readings, reports, pictorials, and videos. Our FAQs detail numerous facets of SHBB politics and use. Our frequently-published blog posts present commentary and news from various oppositional perspectives. All of our pages and posts are open for comments. Beware! We are not above snark, satire, and fun!
If you would like to submit a piece on SHBB and the movement, have written something that is not linked in our critical readings, or know a source that’s not linked here, contact us! Although we are adoptee-centered, we want to include all the voices of dissent—including that of traditional Baby Safe Haven law advocates who are fighting SHBB bills in their states—and being trashed by baby boxers for their efforts.
Finally, we welcome the media. The SHBB movement has tried to keep our side from you. As adoptees we know all too well how that goes. We welcome your inquiries and are happy to talk to you. Contact us at StopBabyBoxesNow@gmail.com or our contact form.
Please check us out and return and return We have a lot of good stuff coming up!
Marley Greiner, Publisher and Owner
Steve Krausz says
Do you have any statistics on how many babies have been abandoned in “baby boxes” over the past few years?
Marley Greiner says
Hi Steve. Thanks for writing. Currently, there have been 19 baby box cases: 16 in Indiana and 3 in Arkansas. A parent (probably the mother) of #19 is trying to regain custody I am working on a blog on this now that should be up in a day or so. If you have any more questions or comments feel free to contact us. A summary of all the cases is here.
Nancy Shannon says
Glad to have found this site. I’m a retired social worker in a community that just installed a SHBB. I find the concept outrageous and I’ve been publicly outspoken. They did zero needs assessment. Dumped babies are NOT an issue here. We have a childcare crisis, a notable teen pregnancy problem and a glaring need for additional mental health services. This was a vanity project that included county leaders and churches. The box is installed AT the sheriffs department!