The Implementation of Maternity Group Home Programs: Serving Pregnant and Parenting Teens in a Residential Setting. Chapter 2. The Organization and Target Population of Maternity Group Home Programs


An important first step in understanding how maternity group home programs operate is to examine their organization and target population.  As discussed in Chapter I, this study focuses primarily on large maternity group home programs, usually consisting of multiple homes.  Therefore, the information described in this chapter represents what is typical among larger programs operating multiple facilities.  We begin the chapter with a discussion of how these programs are managed, describing two types of organizational structures: networked programs and independent programs.  We then discuss the government and non-government funding sources that these larger programs typically rely on.  Next, we examine the typical referral sources these programs use, as well as their referral and application processes.  We then discuss eligibility rules, ending the chapter with a brief discussion of the kinds of residents these programs typically serve and the challenges they face.

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