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Wherever My Family Is: That's Home! Adoption Services for Military Families Prepared by a team including representatives of the Health and Human Services Children's Bureau, The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids, The Adoption Exchange, Inc., McKenzie Consulting, Inc., the National Military Family Association, and the American Public Human Services Association, this guide provides a roadmap to make quality and timely adoption services readily available for military families.

New Parent Support Program

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Safe Sleep Campaign 2011

A Safe Sleep For All Babies
This education effort is part of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC's) Safe Sleep Initiative, a multi-pronged effort aimed at reducing deaths and injuries associated with unsafe sleep environments. In addition to this education effort, CPSC's Safe Sleep Initiative includes the development of new crib standards, warnings about drop-side cribs, sleep positioners, and infant slings, and the recall of millions of cribs in the past five years. There is also a video that demonstrates how to keep babies safe and sound in cribs, bassinets and play yards.

Safe Infant Sleep Basics Podcast

This podcast provides some easy to follow guidelines from medical experts to help ensure safe sleep. The goal of these guidelines is simple: to decrease your child's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Listen to the podcast or download the transcript.

Promotional Guidance

These resources provide ideas for sharing life-saving safe sleep information with new and expectant parents, and for partnering with other community members to promote safe sleep practices. They can be used to augment existing tools, offering quick and easy access to professionally vetted information to support service providers' work with new and expectant parents.

Online Resources

Adventures in Parenting This is an online booklet for parents from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The booklet focuses on how to become a more successful parent by properly responding to a child, preventing risky behavior, monitoring a child's contact with the outside world, appropriate mentoring, and modeling proper behavior.

ZERO TO THREE This is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to "promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers." The website provides a substantial amount of research-based, practical information on a number of topics. The site is arranged in sections for "Parents" and for "Professionals" and includes a topical listing under "Parenting A-Z," journal articles, and "Tips of the Week." The most recent addition to the site is a section for military families that includes articles and resources for military families with very young children. This content is updated monthly.


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Image: Pregnant woman with blue and pink booties As a new or expectant parent, you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of information and opinions out there telling you how to have a healthy pregnancy and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. The good news is you're not alone! There are a number of resources that deliver convenient and useful information to help you begin your parenting journey with confidence and know what lies ahead with your developing baby.


Boy at school desk Switching schools isn’t easy, but a positive attitude and a few simple steps in the beginning can make you feel much better!

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