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Family Connection Newsletter April 2013

  1. 1. Family APRIL 2013Contents connectionSexual Assault Awareness MonthCommissary on-site Guard,Reserve sale locations for AprilChild abuse prevention –BREAK THE CYCLERespite care for families enrolled in Month of the Military Childthe Navy Exceptional Family MemberProgram (EFMP)Child identity theft:Safeguard your child’s future Frequent moves and lengthy separations from deployed parents are just two of the manyEmployment and Transition Corner sacrifices made daily by our military children. In honor of their “service,” Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) around the world will hold more than 800 special events celebrating military kids. Click here for a complete listing of activities. Installation Activity Date PhoneFamily Connection is a publication of the Fleetand Family Support Program. NRC Singapore Annual Art Contest 13 April 6752 8273The Navys Fleet and Family Support Program NIOC Sugar Grove MOMC Carnival 19 April 304-249-6309promotes the self-reliance and resiliency of JEB Little Creek CDC Patriotic Day 05 April 757-462-2400Sailors and their families. We provide informationthat can help you meet the unique challenges of NAS Fallon Essay Contest 1-12 April 775-423-5808the military lifestyle. NAB Point Loma CDC Parent/Child Dress Up Day 26 April 619-553-0765If you have questions or comments, contact NS Mayport Parent/Child Spring Dance 04 April 904-270-5681Timothy McGough at NAS Jacksonville MOMC Carnival 20 April 904-778-2278 Visit us online at: NAF Atsugi KidzFest 20 April 264-4187 CFA Sasebo Play/Story Time 09 April 252-3604 NSA Naples Family Campout/Bonfire 27 April 081-526-1579 NSA Bahrain MOMC Kickoff 30 March 439-3335 The First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden salute military children Fleet & Family Support Center There are 1.7 million American children and youth under 18 years old with a parent serving in the mil- itary and about 900,000 with one or both parents who have deployed multiple times. Click the im- age to watch a video of First Lady Michelle Obama Scan QR Code and Dr. Jill Biden speaking about the important to access via role military children play in the community. mobile device “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein
  2. 2. APRIL 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness MonthEvery year at this time, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program, atinstallations around the world, recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with a iPhone, iPad User…variety of events and activities to increase awareness of sexual assault prevention and re- Download JSSsponse. You can learn more about specific activities on your installation by contacting the at the App StoreSexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), who manages the installation’s SAPR programand annual SAAM activities. Add JSS to yourStatistics reveal that sexual assault negatively impacts the lives of many. The Centers for Mobile NetworkDisease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2011) that nearly one in five women (18.3 percent) and one in 71 men (1.4 percent) in the jss/Mobile.aspxUnited States have been sexually assaulted at some time in their lives. Friends and family ofsexual assault survivors can play a vital role in supporting their loved ones. When a survivor JSS Dial-in Access 24/7?take the courageous step to tell others about their assault, the immediate reactions they re- 1-877-JSS-NOW1ceive can have a significant impact on the success of their healing process. Friends and family (577-6691)can help ensure that this is a positive impact by following the recommendations below:NN Believe them. It is important to remember that, no matter what the circumstances of the assault, there was no way your loved one could have known that she or he would be assaulted.NN Be understanding. The survivor needs to feel comfortable in sharing what Get the happened, and may not want to discuss the event at all. ball rollingNN Listen to what they have to say about what happened, and be there for them. by finding Remind them that it is not their fault. resourcesNN Be supportive. Ask what you can do to help. Do not assume you know what is that will help best. Support their right and ability to make their own decisions. smooth the move for yourNN Be patient. Remember that it may take your loved one some time to deal with children. the crime.NN Educate yourself. Become educated about the impact of sexual assault, post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other related subjects.NN Encourage them to contact the DoD Safe Helpline (877-995-5247) or go on the website ( for more information about reporting options, local Navy Family Accountability resources and crisis intervention. They can also contact the National Sexual Assault and Assessment system Hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) or the local rape crisis center. Did you update/verify yourNN Be sure to take care of yourself through this process. You can provide more effective contact information in NFAAS support when you are tuned in to and addressing your own feelings and needs. during the last cycle? Updating and verifying information is required semi-annually for all NavyCommissary on-site Guard, personnel: uniformed (active andReserve sale locations for April reserve), civilians, dependents and OCONUS contractors. TheOn-site commissary sales for April are being held in Gassaway, W. Va.; North Little Rock, last update cycle ended on 31Ark.; Warrenton, Ore.; Greenville, Ky; and Houston. For more information visit Commissary March. If you did not update/verifyon-site Sales. your information, please go to and log in to NFAAS today. 2
  3. 3. APRIL 2013Child abuse prevention – BREAK THE CYCLEApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month abuse and neglect.and Month of the Military Child. This Numerous studies have confirmedyear’s Child Abuse Prevention Month that most child victims know theirtheme is “Break the Cycle.” Each year, perpetrators. Unfortunately, a largechildren die or are severely injured due to percentage of child abusers are parents,child abuse and neglect incidents. Child family members, close family friendsmaltreatment is an epidemic that crosses and professional childcare workers.all demographic and cultural boundaries. This factor alone increases the chanceThis problem continues to plague many for child victims to be re-victimized.of America’s most sacred institutions, NN Presence of domestic violence in the Another contributing factor attributedincluding family life, education, govern- home to re-victimization involves parents andment, the armed services and religious NN Single parent (full-time or periodically) caregivers who refuse to disclose theand charitable organizations. abuse. They do so because of their own NN Domestic violence abuserResearch shows that child abuse and feelings of shame. Consequently, child NN Grew up in an unstable home environ-neglect is a learned behavior fostered victims tend to internalize this reaction mentthrough secrecy, shame and silence. and respond with silence. NN Lack of basic parenting skillsOne of the most effective intervention Below are a few risk factors frequently as- NN Lack of knowledge of child develop-strategies proven to break the cycle is sociated with perpetrators of child abuse menteducation. Parents and childcare provid- and neglect:ers who embrace healthy parenting NN Low maternal/paternal attachmentpractices significantly reduce their risk NN Social isolation NN Use harsh physical discipline withfor child abuse and neglect. Child abuse NN Substance abuse childrensubject matter experts recommend NN Lack of family cohesionthat all parents and childcare providers Visit the Fleet and Family Support Program NN Young maternal age webpage to learn more about child abusebecome familiar with the risk factors and NN Poor problem solving skills and neglect prevention.signs frequently associated with child Respite care for families enrolled in the Navy Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) The U.S. Navy or whose needs are complex and with the local agency administering the and Child specialized requiring continuity of care. Navy EFMP respite care. This agency Care Aware® EFMP respite care helps Navy families works individually with each family to of America with children with special needs by complete the necessary application andpartner to provide respite care to Cat- providing 40 hours of free respite assists in the connection to a respiteegory IV and V Navy Exceptional Family care per month, giving parents the care provider that will meet the family’sMembers. This includes exceptional fam- opportunity leave the house, go to an care needs.ily members whose medical condition appointment or just rest, knowing that Remember, caring for an Exceptionalrequires assignment near major medical their children are well cared for. Family Member begins with taking carefacilities in the continental United States Once eligibility has been confirmed, of you, the primary caregiver. Call Child Child Care Aware® connects the family Care Aware® at 1-800-424-2246 to apply or to learn more about the program. 3
  4. 4. APRIL 2013Child identity theft:Safeguard your child’s futureChild identity theft happens when some-one uses a minor’s personal information Employment andto commit fraud. Information may beused to get a job, government benefits, Transition Corner Volunteer in 2013medical care or establish utility service.Avoiding, discovering and undoing the The Corporation for Nationaldamage resulting from the theft of a and Community Servicechild’s identity can be a huge challenge. is a federal agency that engages more than four million Americans inAdults can monitor their own credit service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps andreports every few months and order a fraud alert or freeze their credit files if they the Social Innovation Fund. It leads Presidentsee something amiss. But most parents do not expect their youngsters to have a Obama’s national call to service initiative, Unitedcredit file, and as a result, rarely request a child’s credit report, let alone review it for We Serve.accuracy. A thief, or, most commonly, a family member who steals a child’s informa-tion may use it for many years before the crime is discovered. The victim may only There are as many reasons to serve as therelearn about the theft years later, when they apply for a loan, apartment or job. are people who serve, from solving problems in your community to sharing your skills toParents can do a lot to protect their child’s identity: serving your country. Volunteering is not just anNN Keep all documents regarding your child’s date of birth, Social Security altruistic act. It is an opportunity to advance in number (SSN) or other identifying information locked up, and don’t carry their all areas of your life. Social Security card with you. If you’re ready to serve visit:NN Share your child’s SSN only when you know and trust the other parties. If someone asks for their SSN, ask why they want it and how they will safeguard it. If you are not satisfied with their answers, do not share the information.NN Limit the chances that your child’s information will be stolen or misused at school. Find out who has access to their information and read the notices schools are required to send explaining your rights under the Family Educa- tional Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). That law protects the privacy of student education records and gives you the right to opt out of the release of direc- tory information to third parties, including other families.NN Talk with your child about privacy settings on social media sites and what in- formation and photos to share on them. Remind them that someone can use the information posted on a social media profile to guess account passwords, which may allow them to gain access to their personal information.U.S. Navy Individual Returning Warrior Workshops (RWW)Augmentees Returning Warrior Workshop Schedule & IA Family EventsLike us on Facebook. — Click “Links and Resources.” IA Discussion Group Schedule View the Fleet-wide list of classes, support groups and events. 4