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. This first report of three provides an overview of past research and develops a preliminary classification framework for Maternity Group Homes. Maternity Group Homes offer an array of on-site social support services for the most at-risk teen families, using trained staff members to provide nurturing, structured guidance.
There is some limited evidence suggesting that Maternity Group Homes may be effective in addressing subsequent teen pregnancies, school-related outcomes, self-sufficiency, and childhood immunization rates. By exploring the history of Maternity Group Homes, identifying program components and service delivery methods, and describing management and funding mechanisms, this report sets the stage for further exploration of the range of Maternity Group Homes currently in the field.
PIC ID: 8180; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy; Federal Contact: Trivits, Lisa, 202-205-5750; Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ