The Family Growth Center (FGC)

Note: The FGC program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Adolescent mothers in high-risk neighborhoods

Program Overview

FGC is a comprehensive, community-based family support program designed to reduce repeat pregnancy and school drop-out rates among adolescent mothers. The program aims to provide teen mothers in high-risk neighborhoods with a comprehensive set of educational and support services, offered within family and neighborhood contexts. Young women are recruited for the program by perinatal counselors/coaches when they arrive at participating hospital clinics for prenatal visits. Thereafter, they are offered a range of intervention components, coordinated by case managers at FGC. Program components include home visits, crisis intervention, bimonthly parenting classes, supervised daycare, transportation services, recreational opportunities, and advocacy and referral services.

Education and Training

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program is rated a "3 - Promising Research Evidence" on the Scientific Rating Scale based on the published, peer-reviewed research available. The practice must have at least one study utilizing some form of control (e.g., untreated group, placebo group, matched wait list study) establishing the practice's benefit over the placebo, or found it to be comparable to or better than an appropriate comparison practice. Please see the Scientific Rating Scale for more information.

Child Welfare Outcome: Child/Family Well-Being

Solomon, R., & Liefeld, C. P. (1998). Effectiveness of a family support center approach to adolescent mothers: Repeat pregnancy and school drop-out rates. Family Relations, 47, 139-144.

Type of Study: Nonequivalent control group design
Number of Participants: 63


  • Age — Not specified
  • Race/Ethnicity — Not specified
  • Gender — 100% Female
  • Status — Participants were pregnant and parenting teens.

Location/Institution: Pittsburgh, PA

Summary: (To include comparison groups, outcomes, measures, notable limitations)
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Family Growth Center. Adolescents were assigned to the intervention or control group based on zip code of residence; subjects who dropped out in the first 12 months were moved to the attrition group. Measures utilized include the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List (ISEL), and the Family Apgar. Results indicated that adolescents in the Family Growth Center group were significantly less likely than those in the control group to have a repeat pregnancy or drop out of school. Limitations include non-randomization of subjects, high attrition rate, and lack of intent to treat analyses.

Length of postintervention follow-up: None.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for The Family Growth Center (FGC).

Contact Information

Josefina J. Card
Phone: (650) 383-6278
Fax: (650) 949-3299

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2013