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We celebrate everything military children mean to our community and offering powerful resources to help family units stay strong. Though military children are some of the most adaptable and resilient kids in the world, we know frequent moves and family separations can be hard on them. The Defense Department is here with resources at the ready to support their well-being through it all.

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About Military OneSource

Military OneSource is your free 24/7 gateway to information, answers and support. As a Department of Defense-funded program, we put expert confidential help to work for service members, immediate family and survivors who need a little extra guidance for all things MilLife. Just ask.

Use these free resources to support your children, youth and teens and power up your parenting.

Installation Youth Centers

Find safe spaces and fun activities that help children, youth and teens socialize and grow.

School Liaison Program

Find education and transition support to ensure smooth transitions for military children.

New MilParent Specialty Consultations

Build skills and get support for challenges – for parents of kids under age 5.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Connect to fun community programming and mentorship for ages 6 to 18.

4-H Military Partnership

Explore opportunities for youth to join 4-H clubs in their communities and participate in summer camps.

Child and Youth Behavioral Military and Family Life Counselors

Get support during challenging periods, including PCS and deployments.

Adoption and Fostering Support

Explore different benefits and resources available to your growing family.

Expanded hourly child care for military families

Search for hourly, flexible and on-demand child care.


Find resources for families with special needs through this 24/7 online tool.

Parenting Podcasts, Videos and Apps

Learn about different resources, benefits and programs in place to support military parents and the kids they love.

For Parents of Young Kids

 Babies on the Homefront – Enhance everyday moments with your baby or toddler. This free app from ZERO TO THREE is just for military parents.

 Kindness, Resilience and Staying Connected video with Trevor Romain – Watch with your kids! Bestselling children’s book author, illustrator and speaker Trevor Romain talks about kindness, resilience and staying connected.

 Sesame Street for Military Families – Learn about multimedia resources to help children ages 2-6 through military life milestones like deployments, homecomings and more.

 Thriving as New Parents – Learn about Sesame Street for Military Families, a website created by Sesame Workshop for children ages 2-6 to help them through the milestones of military childhood.

For Parents of Youth and Teens

 Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Military Youth of the Year – Learn about programming available for youth and teens and hear recipients of the Military Youth of the Year award talk about their experiences.

 The Value of Military Youth Programs – See what military teens have to say about military life challenges and how youth programs have helped them thrive.

 The Impact of Military Youth Programs Professionals – Hear military teens talk about their connections with their advisors to get a better sense of what youth programs offer.

  Teen Mental Health video with Ryan W. and Victor O. – Listen to Military Youths of the Year talk about maintaining mental wellness through tough times and the unique challenges facing military youth.

  The Role Parents Should Have in the Life of Their Teen – Get expert insights about how to be there for your teen while honoring their growing independence.

  Military Youth And Teen Programs – Learn about the exciting range of educational, recreational and leadership opportunities offered by military Youth Programs and teen centers.

For All Parents

  Welcoming Adoption and Foster Care Children Into the Military Family Fold – Learn about resources and supports available to military families who are adopting or fostering a child.

  4-H Military Partnership Program – Learn more about programs for military kids including 4-H clubs and summer camps focused on STEM, healthy living, civic engagement, public speaking and more.

 School Liaisons and Geo-Dispersed Families – Learn how the military School Liaison Program can help military families find fitting schools, transfer credits, plan for college and more.

 Military OneSource Resources for Healthy and Happy Military Children – Learn about Military OneSource programs that can help military children and families navigate challenges, build resilience, foster well-being and contribute to an overall fulfilling childhood.

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Military OneSource is ready 24/7 to help you and your family thrive. Call us anytime with questions, and we’ll connect you to the answers you need.

A few of the ways we can help:
  • Child care options
  • Parenting support
  • Adoption and foster care resources
  • Family and relationship counseling
  • Education resources
  • Moving assistance
  • New MilParent consultations
  • Special needs support

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