The following management tools are available for download and printing by parenting service providers to help conduct and promote their programs. Upgrades for Acrobat Reader software are available at no charge at Adobe.com.
Child Welfare Information Gateway This flier provides information on the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau in the Department of Health and Human Services. Through printed media and their website, the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides publications and online databases on a range of topics to include child abuse prevention, family preservation, foster care, domestic and intercountry adoption, search and reunion, and more. The flier is also available in Spanish.
Children's Ages and Stages
Parents play the most important role in guiding and supporting military children through all stages of life. Knowledge of parenting and of child development is an important tool for every parent. Knowing children's capabilities and setting realistic expectations for their behavior can minimize the stress of day-to-day parenting. That is why keeping up with the latest information about parenting techniques and child development is so important. Click on the link to open PDFs of the fact sheets:
Did You Know?
There are downloadable information sheets with information about support options for parents, building better relationships and reporting abuse.
Keeping Children Healthy and Active Fact Sheet
The Department of Defense strives to support the health and well-being of military service members and their families, and their participation in the White House's Task Force on Childhood Obesity will augment these efforts. As a part of this task force, the DoD will help identify strategies to prevent and treat childhood obesity within the military community. Click on the link to open a PDF of the fact sheet:
Putting Baby Safely to Sleep
This guidance provides useful ideas and resources for sharing important messages about putting baby safely to sleep with new and expectant parents.
New Parent Support Program
The hot summer months are coming and these resources provided by Safe Kids USA can be customized to your location, they just ask that you include their logo to acknowledge the source. Visit the Safe Kids USA website for tips, posters and other hyperthermia/heatstroke prevention resources.
This new Parenting Resources flier showcases the wide range of resources Military OneSource has designed to help parents with children of any age, including articles, resources and tools to help you answer all of your parenting questions and make sure your family is safe, happy and healthy.
Teen Dating Violence
For teenagers, dating relationships can be both exciting and confusing. What may start out as teasing or harassing behavior in a relationship can set the stage for physical violence. Teens may have difficulty recognizing when a relationship turns abusive. They may think abuse is a normal part of a relationship and may be ill-equipped to handle the confusing emotions. Like their civilian counterparts, military teens are at risk for dating abuse, which includes physical, sexual or emotional abuse in a dating relationship or with a former dating partner. Helping teens learn to develop healthy relationship skills can go a long way to preventing teen dating violence. Click on the link to open a PDF of the fact sheet:
Do you suspect your child is a victim of teen dating violence? Do you wonder about warning signs? Do you want to know what resources are available to help protect your teen? Click on the link to open a PDF of the flier:
The Department of Defense supports military families through the Family Readiness System by offering information, services and programs to help service members and families build healthy relationships. For single, dating and married service members, and service members with children, the Family Readiness System offers an array of support services to build and sustain healthy relationships. Click on the link to open a PDF of the fact sheet:
Military Family Month
Each year in November, communities around the world observe Military Family Month. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of military families and convey to them respect and appreciation for the sacrifices they make to support their service members. Military communities typically organize special events to recognize their local military families.