1. In addition to meeting the needs of their residents, some maternity group homes provide support services or links to outside services to teens who do not reside on site.
2. Homes for the Homeless American Family Inns in New York, New York reportedly serves 540 families, but includes a broader population than teenage parents, and so was excluded from calculation of the mean. Including this very large site results in an average capacity of about 16 families.
3. Some homes that serve only pregnant teens are part of networks that operate separate homes for parenting teens. Others may focus on serving teens who plan to give their babies up for adoption.
4. For example, although all homes within Massachusetts' Teen Living Program network met the required specifications, an implementation study of the Teen Living Program concluded that the emphasis of each home differed somewhat due to differences in managing organizations, local community resources, and program staff (Collins, Lane, and Stevens 2003).
5. However, this percentage is not necessarily representative of all maternity group homes nationwide, since the SPAN directory is not exhaustive; it is possible that independent homes were more likely than networked homes to escape the notice of the catalogers.
6. Telephone calls to sites will determine how structured these relationships are and whether the different maternity group homes served by these regional providers are similar enough to conform to our definition of a network.
7. This is not always the case, however. Some homes rely on outside providers to supply residents with other support services they consider important. For example, Massachusetts' Teen Living Program intervention assumed that a broad array of comprehensive services is most effective, and all homes in the network were required to offer their residents access to case management, parenting and life skills curriculum, child care, and educational, counseling, and health services, but no homes within the network provided all services directly (Collins, Lane, and Stevens 2000; Collins, Lane, and Stevens 2003; and SPAN 2001).