Activities within the Home should be developed in such a way
as to assure the unmarried mother as much freedom as possible.
1. The Maternity Home should define for the
girls in residence the requirements which are essential in a group living
situation and for orderly maintenance of a Home.
2. Regulations shall not infringe on the
unmarried mother's privilege of writing and receiving uncensored mail and
visits from her family. Visits from her family may be limited, if it seems to
be wise from a casework basis.
1. A recreational program shall be provided
which will meet the need for individual activities, as well as for group
participation. It is desirable to encourage unmarried mothers interested in
community activities to participate in them.
2. Ample yard space which provides privacy
and which is equipped with comfortable outdoor furniture shall be
3. It is desirable for
the recreation program in the Home to be planned and developed by workers
trained and experienced in the field of group work and recreation. Carefully
selected volunteer workers supervised by professional leadership can be used
quite effectively in providing recreational activities.
1. Educational activities should be planned
in accordance with the treatment plan for the individual unmarried
2. Formal academic
instruction shall be available for those whose education has been interrupted.
Arrangements should be made with the local board of education to insure that
credit will be given for work completed under a qualified teacher. Safeguards
are necessary to assure that information about the girls will be kept
confidential when credits are transferred.
3. Vocational training should be available
for those who wish to participate on a voluntary basis.
4. Informal educational activities should
include instruction in arts and crafts, discussion groups on subjects of
current interest to the residents, and health education. Health education
instruction should be under the supervision of qualified nursing or medical
1. Residents should not be considered as
substitutes for employed staff.
Work assignments shall be planned as part of the treatment program and should
be geared to the physical health and emotional well-being of the prospective
3. Assignments which could
augment emotional problems shall be avoided. An unmarried mother shall not be
permitted to work in the nursery except on a planned casework basis.
1. The Maternity Home program should offer
opportunities for religious activities and for development of ethical standards
and spiritual values.
should be encouraged but not forced to participate in religious services.
Unmarried mothers should not be denied the privilege of attending the church of
their choice, however, religious services should be available in the Maternity
Home for those who wish to attend there.
3. An unmarried mother wishing consultation
with her pastor shall be provided the opportunity.
4. A religious counselor assigned to the
Maternity Home is desirable, however, clergymen of all the major faiths should
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Ga. L. 1963, pp.
81-121; Ga. L. 1972, pp. 1015, 1046, 1048. Effective November 10,
Original Rule was filed
on October 21, 1974; effective