Local woman building recovery center for drug-addicted newborns

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KETTERING, Ohio (WRGT) - It's been a long road, but the blueprint is finally forming into reality.

"Off the pod, we have six private nurseries."

Three years ago, Jill Kingston started fostering babies born from drug-addicted mothers.

"I learned that there's not a lot of support for families," she said. "I was one of the families that had no idea that this even existed."

Resources for this unbelievable problem are almost non-existent. Brigid's Path, an opiate recovery and rehab center, was created out of necessity.

"Right now in the NICU, they stay 24 hours, and they stay for about 20 days," Kingston said. "We're just mimicking that off-site in a more homelike setting."

The site, in Kettering, was donated by a local family.

"For the last two years, we've been working to raise the funds to build this facility."

It'll house 24 babies, three trained medical staff for every two babies. In addition, they have partnerships with local hospitals. Volunteers will also be on site to aid with meals, laundry and donations. The goal is open in April. It's a soft date, dependent on licensing and financial support from the community.

When it opens, it'll be the first of its kind in Ohio. Kingston says the most important piece in the process is creating a safe, judgement-free space for moms, some rehabilitating themselves, coming here for help.

"Forget about what happened in the past, and let's work on what our future looks like."

To support Brigid's Path, you can visit their website for more information.

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