The baby box...

Wondering why Christians adopt so many children? Watch this video and give thanks to God for the lovingkindness and tender mercies He pours out on this world through His people. Set up a baby box in your own town and see what little blessings He sends your way.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Wow. What a fantastic idea.

I only learned this recently -- that every U.S. state has a Safe Haven or Baby Moses law in place for unwanted babies. The problem, I think, is that they are talked about very little. http://www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org/law.php

I know Christian families who have adopted through the 'system' that way. Given that we have these laws, I wonder whether it would be legal for a family or church to use the "drop box" method.

According to that site, the details in Indiana are as follows:

  • Allows a distressed parent to give up an unwanted infant safely, legally and confidentially
  • Preserves the parent from arrest or prosecution for abandonment
  • Requires no names or records
  • Permits babies less than 30 days old to be given up at any hospital emergency room, fire station or police station in Indiana
  • Makes medical treatment and social services available to the birth mother
  • Puts the child into the custody of the Indiana Division of Family & Social Services Administration, which places the infant in a foster or pre-adoptive home

Presumably that means that a church or family could not set this up in Indiana, at least as described by this law.

 

Warmly,

We should change the law so mothers who don't trust the Division of Family & Social Services Administration (or government, generally) have the option to give their babies up to NGOs, and specifically Christian churches.

If it's the children we're concerned about, why not offer some diversity in the options mothers may choose between? Surely it would cause more mothers to do what's best for their child.

Love,

mothers who don't trust the Division of Family & Social Services Administration

For many good reasons, I might add.

The law should be changed, but the fact is, politics is what drives the laws we make, not care for the children. This law was passed because it was politically expedient. It was likely expedient because people—that is to say voters, not politicians—had their heartstrings tugged. Very few heartsrings would be tugged by this appeal to change it. 

Anyway, nothing is preventing us from offering to take babies in and adopt them. It’s just that it will have to be done with names and records.

Private adoption is an option that largely bypasses both the FSSA and an adoption agency. A home study is required, but there is no need for the child to spend time in a foster home, and the terms of the adoption can be worked out between the parents as they see fit.

At least that was the case 35 years ago; I haven't looked at the details recently.

While I don't doubt the lovingkindness the Lord is demonstrating through Pastor Lee's ministry, I am concerned about the anonymity of it. Without having names and records (of some kind) you wouldn't even know who was dropping off the baby in the first place -- the mother, the father, the perpetrator, the pimp? I felt relieved to know that we already had Safe Haven/Baby Moses laws here -- that it was at least another option with some kind of regulation (even churches would need regulations, right?). Unfortunately I think that because abortion has become so normalized and easily-accessible, the "other options" are not talked about enough. There are several other articles you can find online about "baby boxes" around the world, but one posted by the BBC back in 2012 is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18585020

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