The Implementation of Maternity Group Home Programs: Serving Pregnant and Parenting Teens in a Residential Setting. Chapter 5. Implementation Lessons


Maternity group homes are intensive, comprehensive support programs for pregnant and parenting young women and their children. In addition to stable housing, these homes provide a wide array of services to meet the needs of the families they serve. Supervision and rules help provide the structure teens and their children need as they develop a foundation on which to build their lives. Classes on parenting and life skills aim to provide residents with skills they will need to care for themselves and their children after they leave the home. Case management services and referrals strive to ensure that residents have access to additional services homes cannot provide directly, and logistical supports — such as child care and transportation assistance — enable them to access services outside the home and to attend school, work, and other activities. In addition to this common set of services, some maternity group homes directly provide mental health services, educational assistance, follow-up services for former residents, and services to the fathers of residents' children. Through these intensive programs of comprehensive services, maternity group homes have the potential to benefit disadvantaged young mothers and their children in both the short and long term.

The preceding chapters describe the implementation of maternity group home programs in detail. This chapter summarizes some of the key findings and implementation lessons for practitioners and policymakers who are operating programs of this type or considering creating them. This information can help in designing new maternity group home programs and improving existing ones.

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