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. For more information, call (719) 526-4590.
- PARENTING PROGRAMS
Boot Camp for New Dads: This one day program offers tips to fathers on subjects such as becoming a dad, caring for baby and caring for Mom. 1st Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ACS Building 1526. Register online at www.carson.army.mil/acs.
Basic Training for New Moms: A discussion group that meets and discusses topics, which include becoming a new mom, caring for your baby and caring for yourself. This group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to noon at ACS building 1526. Register online at www.carson.army.mil/acs.
Infant Massage and Baby Nurturing: A 2-hour group that meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Nurturing Center Building 1354. Pregnant moms and parents with babies are encouraged to attend. Systematic strokes alleviate colic, create strong bonds, increase mom's and dad's communication with baby, and provide a foundation of unconditional love. Topics pertaining to infant development and health are discussed. The first Tuesday of each month will feature a nurse and lactation specialist to discuss nutrition, growth and developement of babies. No registration required, walk-ins welcome.
New Parent Support Program: This is a home visitation program for military families with children ages three and under, and expectant parents. Home visitors are nurses and social workers that will visit in the home to focus on parenting and other family topics, along with providing support and referrals. Call (719) 524-1991 to schedule a home visit.
Nurturing Programs: These are fun filled, parenting classes for both parents and children. Raising healthy children requires empathy, humor, skill, knowledge, love and compassion. These programs teach parents how to be nurturing to themselves as well as their children; to understand the ages and stages of child development; to increase their ability to be empathetic; and to use techniques to manage and encourage appropriate behavior of their children. Programs include: 0 to 18 months, 0 to 5 years and 5 years to 12 years. Call (719)649-3860 to register.
Play Group: An informative, fun-filled get-together for parents and tots. Group meets every Friday at the ACS Family Nurturing Center, Building 1354 from 10 to Noon. No registration required.
Single Parent Program: Support for active duty and DOD civilian single parents. Offers information and discussion on getting control, family care plans, parenting and legal information. A Single Parent Resource Guide is available upon request.
ScreamFree Parenting: Raising your kids by Keeping your cool. Learn to relate with your children in a calm, cool and connected way by taking hold of your own emotional responses. This is a 6 week class that is scheduled quarterly. Register online at www.carson.army.mil/acs.
Launching Hope (ScreamFree Parenting for Parents of Teens): Over the last 30 years, the rate of twenty-somethings moving back home has doubled. During the same time, teenages have started experiencing more distress and less success. These two problems seem to stem from the same fatal flaw. In short, we started raising kids, and stopped launching new, productive adults into the world. Launching Hope lays out a clear, calm path for how parents can lead their teenagers into a more productive future, and create a better relationship with them along the way. This is a 5 week class that meets quarterly. Register online at www.carson.army.mil/acs.
SMART STEPS Step-parenting class: Smart Steps is a research based marriage and family life education program that provides a comprehensive educational base that recognizes the complexities and the interdependent nature of relationships within step-families. Call (719) 524-1899 for more information.
Cooperative Parenting & Divorce: Create a positive parenting partnership on behalf of your child (or children), negotiate child-friendly agreements, remain child focused and much more. This program may meet or exceed the requirements of most divorce court mandated education. Class meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register online at www.carson.army.mil/acs.
- RELATIONSHIP ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
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 www.carson.army.mil/acs.
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 www.carson.army.mil/acs.
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.
- EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM (EFMP)
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.
- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION
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
- DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FAMILY ADVOCACY
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
- CHILD SAFETY PROGRAMS
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.
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- VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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).