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Additional Resources

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For Families

One-Stop Websites

Army OneSource — Provides a network of services to support Active, Reserve, and Guard Soldiers and their families regardless of their component or geographical location.

Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS)Army Reserve Family Programs — Has a range of quality programs to help Army Families meet their parental challenges and maintain their mission readiness.

Human Performance Resource Center — A one-stop clearinghouse for evidence-based information and key resources to help Warfighters and their families in all aspects of performance to achieve Total Fitness.

Make the Connection — Connecting veterans and their friends and family with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

Military OneSource — A 24/7 clearinghouse of many resources for military members, spouses, and families.

National Military Family Association — "The voice for military families." Resources cover deployment, family life, benefits, health care, money, and more.

National Guard Family Program — Provides resources for National Guard staff, volunteers, family members, youth, school educators and administrators, and more.

Children's Education Needs

Military Child Education Coalition — Focuses on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.

National Guard Child and Youth Program — An interactive website that sets up youth resources in an online mall structure.

School QuestMilitary Child Education Coalition — This helpful site contains information about schools across the country; it can also be a secure storage site for students’ educational, extracurricular, award, volunteer, and work information.

Programs for Youth

4-H Military Partnerships — This organization creates opportunities and provides support to military connected youth whether they live on or near an installation, in our communities, or on overseas installations.

Operation: Military Kids — The U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support the children and youth affected by deployment. Provides program opportunities and connects them to resources where they live.

Resources to Help Families with Transitions

ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools)College of Education and Human Development — Has archived monthly newsletters that are a great resource for parents with all ages of children. Every topic has four newsletters, each one targeted at a particular age group.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Organization — Provides resources for families throughout the deployment cycle.

Helping Kids Cope with StressWashington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction — This provides age-specific strategies for helping children cope with stress.

The Impact of Grief and LossWashington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction — This helps understand the grief and loss process and how to help children and youth cope.

Military Kids ToolkitMinnesota Department of Education — An electronic tool that includes the Military Kids: Peer Support Initiative curriculum, websites and training.

Military Projects at ZERO TO THREE — Provides resources to support the youngest of children from military families.

Surviving — Information and resources for military families, includes kids activities, budgeting for deployment, and more.

Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes and Grief — Free Sesame Street DVDs for families with youth ages 2 to 5. DVDs are also available through Military OneSource.

Veteran Parenting Toolkits — These are a series of five age-based, free, online parenting toolkits for veterans/partners, addressing how to reconnect with your children after deployment.

For Providers

Center for Deployment Psychology — Offers preparation for health care professionals to better meet the deployment-related emotional and psychological needs of military personnel and their families through live presentation, online learning and ongoing consultation.

Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families — Housed in the University of Southern California School of Social Work, their mission is to enhance the visibility and impact of research, education, and outreach to inform decision-makers on policy issues affecting veterans and their families.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) — The mission of DCoE is to improve the lives of our nation's service members, veterans and their families by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care.

Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness — Offers a searchable database of effective and promising intervention programs, as well as practical resources and strategies for use with military families.

Military Child Education Coalition — This organization provides a range of training opportunities designed to increase expertise in working with military youth.

Military REACH — This project is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of communities to develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs that meet the needs of military families through the quality enhancement of after-school and youth development programs serving children and youth in military families both on and off installation bases.

Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) — Through research and outreach, MFRI works closely with collaborators to improve the lives of service members and their families in Indiana and across the country.

Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) — The purpose of MFLN is to serve military family service professionals through engaged online communities that identify and make use of the highest quality, best practices, research- and evidence-based information, educational and curriculum materials, and programming activities and efforts. The primary concentration areas for the Military Families Learning Network are Community Capacity Building, Family Development, Family Transitions, Military Caregiving, Network Literacy, Nutrition and Wellness, and Personal Finance.

National Military Family Association — A program that advocates for military families politically, offers free Operation Purple Camps for youth, and has scholarships for military spouses.

Operation Military Kids Resources and LinksWashington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction — Resources and links for educators and parents of military kids.

Strong Bonds — Relationship education and skills training provided by unit chaplains in an off-site retreat format. Topics addressed are the impact of relocations, deployments, and military life stressors.

Understanding the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act: MN Statute 518E (292 K PDF) — This resource provides an overview of the new chapter of the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act, including information regarding custodial rights and responsibilities.

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