We opened another Safe Haven Baby Box in Prattville!
PRATTVILLE, Ala. — A day after we opened Alabama’s first Safe Haven Baby Box, we opened the state’s second one in Prattville!
The box is at the Prattville Fire Department Station #4, located at 820 North Old Ridge Road.
Kids to Love began working to expand the state’s Safe Haven law in spring 2023, when it became
apparent that changing abortion laws would lead to more children in need of a loving home in Alabama.
The Legislature passed House Bill 473 later in the year, expanding the law to allow a mother to surrender a child less than 45 days old to fire stations that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week year-round, provided they have at least one emergency medical services personnel.
“It’s an honor to have the baby box installed at Prattville Fire Station #4. The safety and welfare of that child that is absolutely defenseless and helpless, is paramount to anything else. This baby box supports the mission of the Prattville Fire Department, which is to protect lives and property by preventing the occurrence and minimizing the effects of fire, sudden illness, accidents, and disasters,” said Prattville Fire Chief Terry Brown.
The boxes, which are mounted outside of a building, lock once a baby has been placed inside and the door is closed. An alarm alerts medical staff on site, and they are able to secure the newborn from inside the building.
“As firefighters, we are tasked with saving lives and the addition of this important resource to our community means that we can continue to uphold that value. We are honored to partner with Safe Haven Baby Boxes and our donor to provide this option for those who need it, and we are proud that babies will receive the highest level of care with this project,” said Deputy Fire Chief Joshua A. Bingham.
“I’m honored to partner with Kids to Love and Safe Haven Baby Boxes to provide this resource in the City of Prattville. I hope this baby box will be a blessing to anyone who needs it, and a vital step in the reduction of infant abandonment deaths throughout the country,” said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr.
In addition to Kids to Love spearheading the effort to expand the Safe Haven law, Kids to Love was able to secure funding to place more baby boxes in cities across Alabama.
Eight other Alabama cities will have boxes in the future, including Gadsden, Tuscaloosa, and Opelika.
At the ribbon cutting we honored the Pilot Family and their daughter, Nikki Pilot Carlisle, who made the ultimate life-giving sacrifice for her child. The Pilots and the Carlisles were the first to step us and say yes and have personally funded 10 boxes that will be installed across the state.
“We are so excited to have two Safe Haven Baby Boxes ready for Alabama mothers within two days of each other,” said Kids to Love Founder and CEO Lee Marshall. “We worked quickly on a plan to get these boxes made and distributed in places across the state where they are needed most. We are thankful that the city of Prattville was willing to work just as quickly as we were.
“We also are grateful that the Pilot and Carlisle families, as well as so many others involved in this process saw the need to give mothers a safe and anonymous way to turn their children over to agencies that will work together in the children’s best interests.”