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Family Advocacy Program

The Soldier and Family Readiness Program/Family Advocacy Program promotes individual, couple and family wellness by offering a comprehensive program that includes awareness, education and support to prevent family violence.  Classes are offered to commanders, troops, professionals, families and the community.  Prevention and support services include:  New Parent Support Program (home visitation); child safety education; Nurturing Parent Programs; Single parent support; Playgroup; Infant Massage; Cooperative Parenting and Divorce; Boot Camp for New Dads; Scream Free Parenting, SMART Steps-Step Parenting, Resilience classes, The Five Love Languages; Scream Free Marriage; various life skills seminars; and victim advocates for domestic violence.  

The Family Advocacy Program team recognizes the importance of practicing emotional first aid in taking care of ourselves and our families. Please view the content below for helpful tips and reminders.

How to Manage Loneliness During a Pandemic

The Importance of Belonging to a Tribe

Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid - TED Talk


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ScreamFree Marriage: Learn to relate with your partner in a calm, cool and connected way. This class includes topics such as, "Calming Down, Growing Up and Getting Closer"; "The Fires of Lifelong Commitment"; and "Getting Closer with Intimacy and Love". Register online at

The Five Love Languages: Increase your relationship satisfaction at this fun workshop for couples. The class will discuss your "Love Language" and how to use it to strengthen and improve your communicaation style. The workshop is based on the bestselling book, "The 5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman. Register online at

Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts- Seven Questions to Ask Before and After You Marry: This class is designed for couples who are dating, engaged or who have been married 5 years or less. Special emphasis on communication, conflict resolution, understanding differences, and growing close as a couple. Call (719) 524-1899 for more information.

Relationships 101: This class focuses on the universal qualities that form healthy relationships in various areas of life: friendships, work relationships, dating, marriage and family life. Learn how to and how not to relate in order to have positive fulfilling relationships. A great foundational course for unit training. Available upon request.



EFMP is a Department of the Army mandated enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support and personnel services to families with sprecial needs.  An exceptional family member is a family member, regardless of age, with any physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling.  EFMP families must in/out process through ACS EFMP office.


Leadership Response to Domestic Violence: This training covers the material in the standard DV training, but has a focus on the regulatory requirements of leadership, the dynamics of domestic violence that include current state of Fort Carson, early warning signs that the chain of command may observe and how they can implement prevention programs before the actual incident. For more information please call (719) 526-4590.

Annual Troop Training for Domestic Violence: Class includes defintion of domestic violence, types of domestic violence, reporting procedures and prevention. Call (719) 526-4590 for more information.

Victim Advocacy Program (VAP): Victim Advocates help empower victims to make decisions that will aid in improving their quality of life. They provide victims with information on their rights, help locate shelters, establish safety plans, accompany victims to court proceedings and/or meetings with lawyers, police and command. They also make referrals to local resources. Call (719) 526-4590 or the 24/7 number (719) 243-7907 to reach an advocate.

Sexual Assault Support Group (SASSY): Provides support and advocacy for current or former victims of sexual assault. Registration/screening required. Call (719) 526-4180 for more information.

Domestic Violence Support Group: Support group for anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence or is in a violent relationship.

- Tuesdays at 1 p.m. for women

- Thursdays at 10 a.m. for men


The following are available programs:

- Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop

- Men's & Women's Groups

- Effective Parenting

- Individual, Marital & Family Counseling

For more information, call DBHFA at (719) 526-4585


Kids Chat: Interactive workshops for children with activities and discussion about all phases of military deployment. Parents can also meet with a Kids Chat facilitator for questions and discussions. Groups are divided and age specific (5 yearst to 8 years; 9 years to 12 years and teen groups). Available upon request.

Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution: This program teaches children skills that will enable them to think through conflicts and difficult problems instead of turning to violence as a solution. As part of this effort, we offer initial and follow- up peer mediation training to schools in districts 2,3 and 8. Additionally, we offer school wide conflict resolution training to help children understand and resolve their conflicts in a peaceful way.


Join our team and make a difference.  Volunteer in one of the following areas:  Nurturing (co-facilitate in sessions with children) or Baby Bundles (make informational packets or sew quilts and receiving blankets for new parents).

Professional Development Series: LinkedIn Fundamentals

Dec 3 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Professional Development Series: LinkedIn Fundamentals

Dec 3 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Toddler Time

Dec 3 9:30 am - 11 am

Center on Fathering

Dec 3 1 pm - 3 pm

TSP Class

Dec 3 1 pm - 2 pm

Play Group

Dec 4 10 am - 12 pm

EFMP 101

We Know The System. We Can Help.

Dec 7 9 am - 10 am

Employment Readiness Orientation

Dec 7 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Class

Dec 8 9 am - 12 pm

Everyday English for Foreign Born Spouses

Dec 8 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Infant Massage & Baby Nurturing

Create strong bonds & increase communication between baby & parent.

Dec 8 9:30 am - 11 am

Infant Massage & Baby Nurturing

Create strong bonds & increase communication between baby & parent.

Dec 8 9:30 am - 11 am