a team of relocation assistance personnel available to
locate information about present and future duty
stations. Welcome Aboard Packages for bases are
available as well as the Standard Installation Topics
Exchange (SITES), which lists general information for
military installations worldwide.
ENRICHMENT.A proverb states, An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure. FSC staffs have
an interest in positive family growth. Every local
center sponsors a wide variety of classes on subjects
ranging from balancing family budgets to spouse
employment. These classes are opportunities to gain
and improve on family skills, thereby avoiding a crisis
before it develops.
SHORT-TERM NONMEDICAL COUNSELING.
Sailors and their families occasionally need
professional support while they are trying to cope with
some situation or problem. Often many personal,
financial, marital, and family problems can be resolved
with short-term counseling. FSCs offer such
counseling through counselors and social workers who
hold recognized professional credentials. The aid of
these counselors may be a starting point for referral to
another type of counseling, such as pastoral counseling
by a Navy chaplain, long-term counseling by a Navy
medical officer, or other forms of counseling
conducted by civilian agencies. Many counseling
services at the FSC are confidential; however, some are
not. Information about confidentiality is provided to
all counseling customers before counseling begins.
Confidentiality information is available by calling the
FSC and requesting to speak with any counselor about
the privacy act in regard to FSC counseling services.
Family Advocacy Program
Child and spouse abuse are unacceptable
and incompatible with high standards of
professional and personal discipline. Abusive
behavior by DON personnel destroys families,
detracts from military performance, negatively
affects the efficient functioning and morale of
military units, and diminishes the reputation
and prestige of the military service in the
Every year active-duty members, spouses, and
children die as a result of domestic violence. The
Family Advocacy Program (FAP) was established by
the Department of Defense to address issues relating to
this social problem. The FAP is implemented
worldwide on all military installations by every branch
of the services. Spouse abuse and child abuse have a
negative effect on military readiness, effectiveness,
and good order and discipline.
GOALS.The five primary goals of the FAP are
2. Victim safety and protection
3. Offender accountability
4. Rehabilitative education and counseling
5. Community accountability/responsibility for a
consistent and appropriate response
The FAP pursues these goals through prevention
programs, identification of domestic violence,
investigation of alleged incidents, reports to appropriate
military and community response agencies, and
treatment of families identified. Commanding officers
are ultimately responsible for victim safety and the
successful implementation of the FAP within their
commands. The FAP staff is located within each FSC.
PETTY OFFICER RESPONSIBILITY.Petty
officers should be aware of the FAP and its resources.
Further, petty officers are responsible to report all
alleged cases of abuse or neglect to the family
advocacy representative (FAR). As a representative of
the military community, the FAR will coordinate case
management and report to appropriate agencies.
Family Home Care and Family Care Policy
The demands of Navy lifestyles make parenthood
challenging. By taking full advantage of the resources
available, parents can make their lives, and their
childrens lives, more rewarding and less stressful.
Navy parents have more help available to them
than ever before because of FSC programs and
expanding childcare options. FSCs provide
information, referral, educational, and other
counseling services designed to help parents and their
children. Childcare is always a big concernand often
a big headachefor parents. The capacity of
Navy-operated childcare facilities is not always
enough for the number of children eligible to use them.
The Family Home Care (FHC) Program allows
spouses of Navy members to care for children of Navy
personnel in government quarters. FHC serves over
30 commands stateside and overseas. Those who wish