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Stand Up for MilKids

Every adult in the military community plays a role in helping military children build resiliency, including those impacted by trauma, abuse or neglect.


This Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Department of Defense asks all members of the military community to Stand Up for MilKids, committing to be a positive presence in their lives so they can grow up healthy and safe. In times of extreme stress, there is an increased risk for child abuse and neglect, so it is especially important to learn how we can support our children and the military community.

When you Stand Up for MilKids, you promise to:

  • Support parents to seek help when they’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • Encourage others to show their support for MilKids and MilParents.
  • Be a stable force for good in the life of a military child.
Stand Up for MilKids

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

If you have concerns about a child’s safety, call your installation Family Advocacy Program or the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-422-4453. Reporting suspected child abuse is required by law and is always the right thing to do.

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Build Resilience for MilKids

Whether you’re their parent, mentor, teacher or friend, the MilKid in your life looks up to you, and your relationship with them can change their life for the better. Researchers have discovered that the single most common factor for children who develop resilience is the presence of at least one stable and nurturing parent, caregiver or other adult. That is because trust and support from a safe adult promotes childrens’ development of healthy social behaviors and positive coping skills, which are crucial to their long-term emotional and physical wellbeing. That means that when you commit to be a positive example and a steady presence for a military child, your actions literally shape their long-term growth in positive ways.

Want to learn more?

Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, mentor or friend, check out these resources about the science of resilience for ideas of how you can follow through on your promise:


Stand up for MilKids: How You Can Make a Difference

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Teach Your Kids Healthy Body Boundaries

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Access Personalized Support

We can help you:
  • Find your local FAP
  • Get parenting support
  • Locate an expert
  • Find ways to help
  • Find information on child abuse and neglect

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Recognizing Child Abuse and Getting Help


Signs of Child Abuse

Do your part to keep kids safe and secure: learn what child abuse is, who might be at risk, how to recognize the signs and ways you can help.


How to Report Child Abuse In The Military

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to the health and safety of children. Community members can look out for children by being informed, attentive and supportive.


The Family Advocacy Program

Learn more about what the Family Advocacy Program can do to help keep your family safe through prevention resources, or how to connect a family in need of support for possible child abuse or neglect. Find your local Family Advocacy Program.

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