(WBIR) As many celebrate Mother's Day, one church is asking its congregation to support its fight against a looming problem affecting hundreds of moms and babies each year across the state.
Starting in June, Cokesbury Church in Knoxville is set to start a new program to treat drug-addicted mothers and their infants.
The faith-based place of recovery is called "Susannah's House." The church says it wants to help moms get clean and sober and put families together.
"Because we are part of a community and part of a world, we are responsible for everybody in that world and so we are doing this so we can help these moms and that we can be part of their lives, and they can be part of a world of happiness and sobriety," said Rebekah Fetzer, the Minister of Discipleship for Cokesbury Church.
Susannah's House, located off Dameron Avenue in Northwest Knoxville, will open its doors for a pilot program in June. The church said it hopes to be fully running this summer.
State records: Number of drug dependent newborns
Back in April, Governor Haslam signed a new law that penalizes moms who use drugs while being pregnant.
As of May 3rd, state records show there have been more than 300 cases of drug dependent babies born in Tennessee in 2014.