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Building Capacity and Welcoming Practices In Military-Connected Schools

Resources For Parents

These resources are parent friendly sites that give military parents opportunities to work with their children on building resilience and coping skills for a number of different military specific issues. These sites are great resources for giving parents tips on how to talk to their children about certain topics or to give a parent and child a fun or educational resource to use together.

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Topic Description Website
Academic Support An online program for military families which aims to address some of the unique challenges that military students face while at public school. This site is also for parents to keep track of their children’s progress and helps parents decide what areas they need to help their children focus on. Includes a Parent Forum. Student Online Achievement Resources
Academic Support UC San Diego Education Studies’ PAL program provides opportunities for UCSD students to work with preK-12 students and schools. UCSD Education Studies
Academic Support Early Risers "Skills for Success" is a multicomponent, developmentally focused, competency-enhancement program that targets 6- to 12-year-old elementary school students who are at high risk for early development of conduct problems, including substance use. Early Risers
Building Resilience Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a multifamily group intervention designed to build relationships between families, schools, and communities to increase well-being among elementary school children. It works to reduce anxiety and aggression and increase social skills and attention spans in children, increase family functioning and reduce substance use. FAST
Building Resilience Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an outcome-driven prevention/intervention program for youth who have demonstrated the entire range of maladaptive, acting out behaviors and related syndromes. It targets kids who have demonstrated a range of maladaptive and behavioral problems. To prevent and treat youth with these problematic behaviors and provide a resource for their families and community. Functional Family Therapy
Building Resilience Project Venture is an outdoor experiential youth development program designed primarily for 5th- to 8th-grade American Indian youth. It aims to develop the social and emotional competence that facilitates youths' resistance to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Project Venture
Building Resilience The Midwestern Prevention Project (MPP) is a comprehensive, community-based, multi-faceted program for adolescent drug abuse prevention. The MPP involves an extended period of programming. Although initiated in a school setting, it goes beyond this setting into the family and community contexts. Midwestern Prevention Project
Building Resilience Multidimensional Family Therapy is a comprehensive and multisystemic family-based outpatient or partial hospitalization (day treatment) program for substance-abusing adolescents, adolescents with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, and those at high risk for continued substance abuse and other problem behaviors such as conduct disorder and delinquency. Multidimensional Family Therapy
Building Resilience Parenting Wisely is a set of interactive, computer-based training programs for parents of children ages 3-18 years. Based on social learning, cognitive behavioral, and family systems theories, the programs aim to increase parental communication and disciplinary skills. Parenting Wisely
Building Resilience The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a universal intervention for the reduction and prevention of bully/victim problems. The main arena for the program is the school, and school staff has the primary responsibility for the introduction and implementation of the program. Program targets are students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools. Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Community Support This site’s aim is to support America’s service members and their families. They focus on three major areas: employment, education, and wellness while they also engage in a comprehensive effort to raise awareness about the service, sacrifice, and needs of military families. Military1Click
Community Support The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched DCoE to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families. It features stories of real service members who have sought treatment and are continuing to maintain successful military or civilian careers. Real Warriors Campaign
Community Support PACER Center is a parent training and information center with publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through twenty-one years old. PACER Center
Community Support Combat and Operational Behavioral Health is a comprehensive publication that covers all aspects of behavioral health in the military population, including a model of an integrated behavioral health system established at Schofield Barracks. For full publication, click here. Combat and Operational Behavioral Health (Chapter 34)
Community Support Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) is designed to (1) prevent, reduce, and/or treat adolescent behavior problems such as drug use, conduct problems, delinquency, sexually risky behavior, aggressive/violent behavior, and association with antisocial peers; (2) improve prosocial behaviors such as school attendance and performance; and (3) improve family functioning, including effective parental leadership and management, positive parenting, and parental involvement with the child and his or her peers and school. Brief Strategic Family Therapy
Community Support Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC), the currently available version of Creating Lasting Connections (CLC), is a family-focused program that aims to build the resiliency of youth aged 9 to 17 years and reduce the frequency of their alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. Creating Lasting Family Connection
Coping with Death The Sesame Street website includes “Talk, Listen, Connect,” a guide for parents and caregivers on helping children cope with death, convey feelings, and understand life challenges. Sesame Street
Coping with Death Combat and Operational Behavioral Health is a comprehensive publication that covers all aspects of behavioral health in the military population, including the impact of death on military family and children. For full publication, click here. Combat and Operational Behavioral Health (Chapter 33)
Coping with Deployment Combat and Operational Behavioral Health is a comprehensive publication that covers all aspects of behavioral health in the military population, including the impact of deployment on military family and children. For full publication, click here. Combat and Operational Behavioral Health (Chapter 30)
Coping with Parental Separation This online booklet provides parents, families, friends, or educators with strategies for helping children deal with parental separation during periods of deployment. Military Child Education Coalition
Coping with Reentry This site presents videos and tips for parents to show how they can help their children deal with a deployed parent coming back home. Families with Kids
Family Engagement This is the official Department of Defense site focusing on troops and their families, providing up-to-date information on the variety of efforts to serve families. Information for all branches of the military is provided. Military HOMEFRONT
Family Engagement An age-based parenting toolkit for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their partners. Veteran Parenting Toolkit
Family Engagement The January 2011 issue of Psychiatric Services contains several new articles related to and containing resources for military families. Psychiatric Services
Family Engagement Families are welcomed to ask questions and comment on webinars in this interactive environment. Topics on this blog range from the impact of war on children to post-tramatic stress disorder in the wake of a natural disaster. Webinars are scheduled from 1 to 4 pm EST. Click here to sign up. Family Matters Blog: Families Invited to Dial Into Helping Webinars
Family Engagement An 18-session family education program for people who care about someone living with mental illness or PTSD. SAFE Program
Family Engagement 9/11 As History is a program that helps adults and youth reflect on and be intentional in their response to the anniversary and offers free Web-based tools, curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12, resources and tips for educators and parents on talking to youth and dealing with trauma. 9/11 As History
Family Engagement Project Know provides parents with information regarding straightforward education on teenage drug addiction, alcohol abuse, behavioral disorders, and how to help with problems they have concerning their teen. Project Know
Family Support Congressional Military Family Caucus is a Facebook page that gives updates for service members and their families. It is a social networking page that provides articles, links to helpful websites, and an interactive environment for open discussion. Congressional Military Family Caucus
Family Support Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is a cost effective alternative to group or residential treatment, incarceration, and hospitalization for adolescents who have problems with chronic antisocial behavior, emotional disturbance, and delinquency. It also helps the youth to develop good relationships with the family and to begin better habits and behaviors. MTFC
Family Support Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for juvenile offenders addresses the multidimensional nature of behavior problems in troubled youth. Treatment focuses on those factors in each youth's social network that are contributing to his or her antisocial behavior. Multisystemic Therapy
Family Support The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a family skills training program designed to increase resilience and reduce risk factors for behavioral, emotional, academic, and social problems in children 3-16 years old. Strengthening Families Program
Family Support Striving Together to Achieve Rewarding Tomorrows (CASASTART) is a community-based, school-centered “effective” program designed to keep high-risk 8- to 13-year-old youths free of substance abuse, delinquency, and gang involvement. CASASTART
Financial Aid The National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. Click on “Impact Aid Basics.” National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
Financial Aid Impact Aid is a federal grant program that was designed to lessen the impact of federal activity on the operating budgets of local school systems.
FCPS Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey
Financial Aid The U.S. Department of Education provides official information on Impact Aid. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Financial Aid Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront
Special Education Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) assists families who have children with special education or health needs. STOMP
Special Education Operation Autism directly supports military families who have children with autism or autism spectrum disorders with resources, services, and support. Operation Autism
Transitioning Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) and PATHS Preschool are school-based preventive interventions for children in elementary school or preschool. The interventions are designed to enhance areas of social-emotional development such as self-control, self-esteem, emotional awareness, social skills, friendships, and interpersonal problem-solving skills while reducing aggression and other behavior problems. PATHS