This report, which presents implementation lessons learned from visits to several maternity group home programs, has benefited from the efforts and contributions of many people. Appreciation goes first of all to efforts of people in the sites who are working hard to implement maternity group home programs. Many of these individuals also played an important role in this study by providing valuable information on the functioning of the homes, the services they provide, and their organizational structure. Particular thanks go to the network and program directors in the seven study sites who helped organize our site visits, provided us with program documents, and responded to follow-up questions. They include Michele Ozumba, Molly Casey, and Vincent Smith in Georgia; Greg Foltz and Jane Vachon in Maine; Paula Callahan and Kellie Hurley in Massachusetts; Donna Roraback in Michigan; Barbara Otto Dennis in New Mexico; Patricia Beresford in New York; and Kelly Land in Washington. The program staff and residents who met with us have also been indispensable to the study, and we thank them for their willingness to share information on the homes with us.
The study has also benefited from the wise advice and guidance of many people. Thanks go to the staff at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) who provided substantive input on the study and the design of this report. In particular, Brenda Benesh, the project officer for this study, provided invaluable guidance throughout the development of the report, including carefully reviewing site profiles. We also thank Martha Moorehouse, Meredith Kelsey, and Sonia Chessen from ASPE and Nancye Campbell, Harry Wilson, Stan Chappell, and Curtis Porter from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for their input during the early stages of the study.
Many thanks go also to the study’s Technical Working Group (TWG) members, Patricia Beresford, Barbara Otto Dennis, Ron Haskins, Rebecca Maynard, and Matt Stagner. These TWG members and staff from ACF and ASPE provided valuable guidance in the early stages of the study, including recommending the addition of the implementation component of the study. Appreciation goes also to Kate Sylvester at the Social Policy Action Network for her participation in the TWG meeting as well as providing earlier input on the study.
At Mathematica Policy Research, Barbara Devaney and Kimberly Boller carefully reviewed a draft of the report, and provided valuable guidance and incisive analytic suggestions. Roy Grisham carefully edited the report, and Marjorie Mitchell and Jennifer Chiaramonti provided exemplary production support. We are grateful for the efforts of all those who helped complete this report.
We gratefully acknowledge these many contributions and accept sole responsibility for any errors or omissions in the report.