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Be Proactive With Child Custody

If you’re a military parent who has custody or visitation rights for your children, military service can disrupt those arrangements. But you do have rights.

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Month of the Military Child

During Month of the Military Child, we recognize our military children and youth. This year more than ever, they have shown resilience and strength in the face of tremendous challenges from COVID-19. Their determination, positivity and triumph are everything.

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Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse

People who abuse or neglect children come from all ranks, races, religions and income levels. As hard as it can be to imagine, your neighbor, co-worker or even a friend could be an abuser.

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Tips for Disciplining Your Child

Misbehavior is a natural part of growing up. However, dealing with it as a parent requires lots of deep breathing, patience and strategies for discipline.

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Military Child Care Programs

Choosing child care may be one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a parent, and it can be hard to know where to start. Rest assured, the Department of Defense provides military families with a variety of quality, affordable child care options.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, the Family Advocacy Program aligns its awareness efforts with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The 2021 campaign was titled, “All In to End Child Abuse.” However, we are committed to joining forces with our military community throughout the year to keep our MilKids safe. Learn how to help a child you suspect may not be safe.

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Advance Child Tax Credit 2021

As part of the American Rescue Plan, eligible parents may receive monthly payments of their child tax credit 2021 throughout the year.

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Helping Your Child Find a Mentor

Trusted adults can have the special gift of helping youth see and use their strengths and talents to navigate academic, career and life milestones. Explore mentorship options for your child.

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Child Custody Considerations for Service Members and MilSpouses

Many service members have custody of, or visitation rights with, children whose other parent is not the service member’s current spouse. Absences due to military service can undermine and disrupt existing arrangements, creating stress on parents and children.

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Giving Your Child a Happy, Healthy Start

Healthy behaviors are developed in childhood, so get your child off to a good start with habits, actions and choices that promote health and well-being.

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How to Report Child Abuse or Neglect in the Military

Everyone has a role to play in creating safe and healthy communities. This article will tell you how to find help if you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected.

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How to Help a Child Who Is Being Bullied

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in five students ages 12-18 experience bullying, which can be verbal, physical or electronic. Learn the signs and how you can help a child being bullied.

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Cyberbullying: Recognizing the Signs and Helping Your Child

Find out more about cyberbullying, learn how you can help protect your children from electronic bullying behaviors and access resources to help when you suspect they may be engaging in the online bullying of others.

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Free, Confidential Face-to-Face Non-medical Counseling

Sometimes strength means asking for help. Military OneSource and the Military and Family Life Counseling Program offer free, confidential, face-to-face non-medical counseling to support you with military and family life challenges like preparing for and handling a move or nurturing a relationship with a deployed spouse.

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Keeping Your Child Healthy and Engaged Over the Summer

A little leisure is much needed when school lets out; however, children with special needs thrive with a little structure. It’s beneficial to maintain a routine during the summer as a way to keep your child learning and developing healthy habits.

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Child Care Options For Military Families With Special Needs

Finding the right care for your child with special needs starts with asking the right questions. The military offers quality, affordable child care options, both on the installation and off.

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Get Your Child the Right Start With Sure Start

Sure Start is a research-based preschool program offered by Department of Defense Education Activity that serves 4-year-old command-sponsored children stationed at overseas installations.