Overview of West Virginia law, statistics, legislation, and news stories related to Safe Haven Baby Boxes in the state.
- West Virg. Stat. § 49-2-401 et seq. (may not yet include the text of the new law)
West Virginia Statistics
Baby Boxes: 1
Although authorized by a new state law, no baby boxes have been installed to date in West Virginia. The new law became effective on June 9, 2023.
- HB3559 – Poorly written, barebones bill that amends the West Virginia Safe Haven law to allow an “newborn safety device” (baby box) to be installed at state-approved locations for the anonymous relinquishment of infants up to 30 days of age. Enacted, effective June 9, 2023.
- HB4793 – Amends state’s Safe Haven Law to authorize use of newborn safety devices. Sine die.
None to date.
News and Commentary
- “Baby Box” locations would debut under West Virginia bill, Tarentum Tribune, February 22. 2023
- West Virginia HB3559 Baby Box Bill Keeps that Train Rollin’ All Night Long, SSHBBN, February 27, 2023
- “Baby Boxes” West Virginia lawmakers should consider this option, Parkersburg News-Sentinel, February 28, 2023
- Safe Haven Baby Boxes are coming to Wheeling – BUT they need your help! WTRF-TV, September 29, 2023
- SAFD seeks to provide Safe Haven Baby Box at Central fire station, West Virginia Gazette, October 24, 2023
- St. Albans consulting firm fully funds Safe Haven Baby Box project at Central Fire Sation, WCST-TV, October 30, 2023
- Local town will have the first Safe Haven Baby Boxes in West Virginia, WTRF-TV, November 6, 2023
- Marshall County Celebrates dual grand openings: New EMS base station and West Virginia’s first Safe Haven Baby Box, MSN/WTOV-TV, November 7, 2023
- Marshall County EMS Station, Safe Haven Baby Box Blessed, Wheeling News-Register, November 8. 2023
Updated: November 8, 2023