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MilKids Are Priority One

The military community is committed to strong — and safe — families. Learn where to find resources and support when you need help or have concerns.


Do your part this April.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the most important thing you can do is to be a trusted adult and help protect children in our community.

Each April, the Defense Department's Family Advocacy Program aligns its prevention efforts with Child Abuse Prevention Month, but we are committed to keeping MilKids safe year-round. Learn how to promote positive parenting and create a supportive environment, as well as what to do if you think a child or teen needs help.

Positive parenting

MilParents Rock: Learn tips to rock your role as a military parent by accessing the Military Parent Resource Center, with links to:

  • New Parent Support Program
  • New MilParent Specialty Consultations
  • Thrive online parenting program
  • Child care options

Parent Resource Center

Spotting a situation where someone needs help

Learn some of the signs that a child or teen could be at risk of experiencing child abuse or neglect so you’ll know when it’s time to act. Signs may include when a child or teen:

  • Always seems to lack adult supervision
  • Appears frightened of their caregiver
  • Has unexplained bites, bruises, broken bones or black eyes
  • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Struggles with alcohol or drug use

Contact your local Family Advocacy Program office to report concerns. They’ll assess the situation, then take the appropriate steps to secure the child’s safety and enlist support to help the family.

Find Your Local FAP

Learn more about what child abuse and neglect is and the signs that a child could be at risk, as well as where to get support.

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