General Links for Service Members and their Families
Air Force Crossroads- The Official Community Website of the United Sates Air Force
This website gives information and support to Service Members and their families, including parenting tips, support networks for parents, activities for teens and kids, and more.
Military Family Research Institute
This website shares a lot of research findings based on military families and their experiences with deployment.
This website provides a variety of resources available to all military members, including guardsmen and reservists, and their families. Look for information related to family relationships, kids and parenting under the 'Parenting' section.
National Military Family Association
This website offers resources, tips, information, and support to military families.
Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SO FAR)
This website offers support and resources for families of Reservists.
Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Provides education to the public on the impact of the deployment and reunion on soldiers, families, kids and the community as a whole. Offers support to military kids coping with the stress of deployment, provides programs for military children/youth.
Parenting Tips and Activities
The Bureau for At-Risk Youth
This website provides resources from activity guides to articles for families dealing with deployment.
NYU Child Study Center
Provides articles, information and links for parents about how to help kids deal with deployments, talk about war and terrorism, and find effective grief counseling.
National Mental Health America
This website focuses on healthy family reunions and contains information for Service Members and their families on returning home, mental health, coping with war, and coping with loss. It also offers many resources for Service Members and their families.
Coping and Building Resilience
American Psychological Association (APA) Help Center
Series on Resilience in a Time of War. Helping families build resilience during a time of war.
Videos for Children and Adolescents
American Academy of Pediatrics
Videos about deployment and coping for children and teens.
Military One Source
Sesame Street video about deployment for preschool children entitled 'Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment.'
Children with Special Needs
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This website contains information on children, trauma, and resilience.
Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
STOMP is a federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs. The staff of the STOMP Project are parents of children who have disabilities and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations.
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
FREE SUPPORT HOTLINE: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
This organization provides confidential, toll-free assistance to:
- Children who are being abused and want help
- Frustrated parents who are about to lose control and are seeking help
- Adults and children requesting the local telephone number to report cases of abuse
- Adult survivors of child abuse who are feeling unsafe or suicidal
- Adults requesting parenting tips, definitions of child abuse, or names of recommended books regarding parenting, child development or adult survivor issues
FREE SUPPORT HOTLINE: 1-877-570-0688
Provides support to people and families experiencing domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual assault by military personnel.
Support for Parents and Youth
Girls and Boys Town
FREE SUPPORT HOTLINE: 1-800-448-3000 (TTY 1-800-448-1833)
Provides support and offers coping tips to children and parents.
Blogs for Parents/Families
This website offers blogs and forums for military and non-military families.
The Military Family Network
This website provides everything from parents making their own blogs to live chats to classified ads, to community calendars and more.
Books for Parents
Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families. Armstrong, Keith, Best, Suzanne, and Domenici, Paula (2006). Ulysses Press: Berkeley, CA.
This is a useful book for providing coping tips for Service Members returning from deployment and their families.
Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families. Pavlicin, Karen M. Elva Resa Publishing, 2003.
This book covers everything from long-distance connection and communication to post-deployment reintegration with family, spouses, kids, and teens.
I'm Already Home...Again - Keeping your family close while on assignment or deployment. Dumler, Elaine Gray. Frankly Speaking Publishers, 2006.
Great ideas for parents (military and civilian) on preparing for deployment, surviving time apart, and reintegrating into the family structure after deployment.
Necessary Losses: The loves, illusions, dependencies, and impossible expectations that all of us have to give up in order to grow. Viorst, Judith (1998). Simon and Schuster: New York, NY.
This book is a great read for any adult going through a time of transition.
Books for Teens
Finding My Way: A teen's guide to living with a parent who has experienced trauma. Sherman, Michelle, and Sherman, DeAnne (2007). Seeds of Hope Books.
This is a sensitive book that addresses the confusion and distress experienced by teenagers whose parents have been exposed to trauma. Learn more about the book here: http://www.seedsofhopebooks.com/finding-my-way.html
Books for Kids
I Miss You!: A Military Kid's Book About Deployment. Andrews, Beth. Prometheus Books, 2007.
This book is designed to help children especially, but also their parents, during stressful times that are unique to the military lifestyle.