Performance Improvement 2006. The Implementation of Maternity Group Home Programs: Serving Pregnant and Parenting Teens in a Residential Setting


The Office of Human Services Policy (OHSP) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) contracted with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc (MPR) to conduct a study of how Maternity Group Home programs operate and to explore options for studying them further. Maternity Group Homes offer an innovative and intensive approach to addressing the needs of teenage mothers and their children. This second report of three documents the implementation of maternity group homes in seven programs chosen because they had the highest potential for inclusion in a random assignment evaluation. The MPR researchers conducted two-day site visits to each program, visiting up to five homes per program to tour the facilities, meet with key staff, and observe program activities. The report addresses research questions on management structure, funding sources, population characteristics, the range of services provided, and staffing. Key findings indicated that the homes: (1) tended to be  operated by larger organizations with broader social service missions; (2) were funded by a combination of federal and state monies and private donations; (3) served a highly disadvantaged population with many special needs; (4) provided intensive, comprehensive support programs for pregnant and parenting teens; (5) often required a large staff.

PIC ID: 8180.1; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy; Federal Contact: Trivits, Lisa, 202-205-5750; Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ

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