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Implementing Resource Mothers Program

Implementation support is not currently available for the model as reviewed.

Model Overview

Last Updated

March 2010


The information in this profile reflects feedback, if provided, from this model’s developer as of the above date. The description of the implementation of the model here, including any adaptations, may differ from how it was implemented in the studies reviewed to determine this model’s evidence of effectiveness. Inclusion in the implementation report does not mean the practices described meet the HHS criteria for evidence of effectiveness.


Implementation Support

The Resource Mothers Program does not have a national office or national organization that provides implementation support.


Theoretical Model

The Resource Mothers Program was developed to provide education and social support to pregnant and parenting teenagers by using specially trained Resource Mothers, home visitors who are successful parents themselves, drawn from the local community. 


Target Population

The program targets at-risk, pregnant adolescents.


Targeted Outcomes

The Resource Mothers Program was designed to improve parental and child health, development, and social outcomes during and after pregnancy.


Model Components

The primary service provided by the Resource Mothers Program is education and support through home visits. The home visits are structured, and education objectives supplement and reinforce the services the adolescents receive in clinical and similar settings. The Resource Mothers fulfill the roles of teacher, role model, reinforcer, friend, and facilitator. They emphasize the parent’s ability to influence the child’s development. The Resource Mothers also often provide transportation to mother and child health visits.


Model Intensity and Length

During the initial demonstration project, Resource Mothers made monthly home visits to adolescents during pregnancy, daily visits during the hospital stay, and regular home visits during the infant’s first year of life.

The Resource Mothers Program begins during pregnancy and continues until the child’s first birthday. 



The Resource Mothers Program has been implemented throughout the United States in states such as Delaware, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.


Adaptations and Enhancements

No information is available.



The information contained on this page was last updated in March 2010. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information.