Spotlight on: Innovations in Resources for Veteran
A recent study in
Chicago, Illinois has focused on understanding the current services available
for Veteran families with very young children, as well as identifying any gaps
in services. Several key issues
have emerged from this effort. To start,
providers note that it is critical to ask all families, “Are you or is any
member of your family military connected?
Have you or a family member experienced a combat deployment?” Lack of awareness of families’ Veteran status
impacts their engagement in needed services.
Secondly, a “system of care” approach is critical to support the needs
of both Veterans and their families with young children. As part of this, a method to assess services
as “Veteran friendly” would be helpful. Third,
civilian human service agencies may benefit from additional training and
support on the needs of Veterans and their families, as these agencies will be
the primary source of care for Service members transitioning out of the
military. This study was funded by the Prince Charitable Trusts of Chicago.
Further work is planned to help build a city-wide strategy for supporting young
children from Veteran families.
Check It Out: Coming Together Around Veteran Families
Coming Together Around Military Families recently led a free
one-day training at the California Endowment on April 05, 2012, which offered
multidisciplinary professionals an opportunity to explore issues related to
effectively serving young children in Veteran families. Approximately 40 professionals attended from
various organizations across the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The training curriculum enhanced participants’
knowledge of early social-emotional growth and facilitated the development
collaborative relationships across disciplines to promote systems building
within the local Veteran family service community. This event was supported through a grant from
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles with additional support from the
UCLA Family Resiliency Center and the ZERO TO THREE Western Office in Los
Angeles. To learn more, click here
to read a summary of the day.
News You Can Use: Increasing Our Understanding of Young
Children in Military Families
2012 the University of Southern California’s Center for Innovation and Research
(USC-CIR), housed in the USC School of Social Work, published a policy brief titled
Increasing Understanding of Infants and
Young Children in Military Families through Focused Research. This brief, written by ZERO TO THREE
Military Family Projects Director Dorinda Williams and Assistant Director Kathy
Mulrooney, highlights the current research on military family issues,
particularly around deployment and reintegration, and their impact on young
children. The report concludes with a series of recommendations for researchers
and policy makers so that they may better understand and support the needs of
military families, especially on issues that profoundly impact young children
and their development. To read the full
CIR Policy Brief, click here.
Grab & Go Resources: New
Inventory of Parent-Child Resources Available
Military OneSource has recently been re-supplied with a
range of resources designed for use with parents and very young children who
are anticipating or experiencing deployment or who are planning for an upcoming
reunification. Currently available
resources developed by Coming Together
Around Military Families include the board books Home Again (on reunification), Over
There (on deployment), I’m Here for
You Now (on deployment), and Honoring
our Babies and Toddlers: Supporting Young Children Affected by a Military
Parent’s Injury. Jump to our Military OneSource information page by clicking
Coming Together Around Military Families® resources for professionals and parents are now available through Military OneSource.
To order click here or call 1-800-342-9647.
CTAMF Training Opportunities for Professionals Serving Military Families
For information on upcoming trainings please click below.
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