Implementing Resource Mothers Program

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

Implementation last updated: 2010

Model overview

Theoretical approach

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. 

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Implementation support

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

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Intended population

The program targets at-risk, pregnant adolescents.

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Targeted outcomes

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

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Model services

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.

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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. 

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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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Adaptations and enhancements

No information is available.

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Implementation notes

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

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