The Implementation of Maternity Group Home Programs: Serving Pregnant and Parenting Teens in a Residential Setting. Chapter 4. The Staffing and Costs of Maternity Group Home Programs


For maternity group home programs to provide the extensive set of services, structure, and supervision described in Chapter III, they must have adequate staffing and funding. The issues of staffing and funding are closely related, since staffing is by far the greatest expense for these programs. In general, the intensive services offered by these homes require fairly large staffs, even for a small facility. In turn, these high staffing levels lead to relatively high costs for these programs.

In this chapter we examine carefully the staffing patterns and costs of operating maternity group home programs, particularly the following research questions:

  • How are maternity group home programs staffed?How many staff are needed to provide supervision and services to their residents?What types of staff perform each function?
  • How much do maternity group home programs cost to operate? What implications do staffing levels, specific services provided, and the length of time residents stay in the homes have on program costs?

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