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.
Implementing Resource Mothers Program
Implementation support is not currently available for the model as reviewed.
Implementation last updated: 2010
The Resource Mothers Program does not have a national office or national organization that provides implementation support.
The Resource Mothers Program was designed to improve parental and child health, development, and social outcomes during and after pregnancy.
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.
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