YORK, S.C. -- There's a new place in York that is a first for South Carolina. It's a home where moms battling substance abuse can get therapy with their children. Wednesday was the grand opening.
"We really wanted to have a place where families can heal together," said Naomi Torfin with the non-profit, Children Come First.
As Torfin walks around the new Family Care Center in York, she's emotional, thinking of how her life could have been different if a place like this had existed.
"What would happen is my mom would go to treatment and we would go to foster care, but we would come home and we’re the same family we always were. So the real problems we had as a family were never healed," said Torfin.
Working with Children Come First, Torfin has been spearheading this new center for years.
"This has been two-and-a-half years in the making for the group of folks who are together, but for me it's a lifetime in the making," said Torfin.
The York center will house 10 moms battling substance abuse and up to 20 children. They'll be able to live and receive therapy together.
"Moms will receive treatment at Keystone, and then come back home here 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon and receive family therapy, treatment as a whole," said Thompson Child & Family Focus President, Marco Tomat.
The center is more of a home then a rehab, and is designed with children in mind.
"We'll have walking trails, we have a park, we have playgrounds, dining facility, there will also be chapel services, so it's not just the traditional therapy all the time," said Tomat.
Torfin says from her own life experience she knows separating a mom from her kids and expecting her to return to them healed is not realistic.
"Life's terms for the women who come here and seek treatment is their children. So how can they learn to live their life on life's terms if they don't have the child that is the terms of their life, their children," said Torfin.
Two more centers will be opening in South Carolina, one in Columbia on August 15 and the second in Greenville.