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Family Advocacy Program


Shoemaker Lane, 2nd Floor BLDG 36000
+1 (254)286-6774
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program (FAP) helps Soldiers and Families recognize and meet the unique challenges of military lifestyles. Our services include seminars, workshops, counseling, and intervention to help strengthen Army Families, enhance resiliency and relationship skills, and improve quality of life.

We are also dedicated to helping Soldiers and Families with the complex challenges related to domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. We focus on prevention, education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention, and treatment.

If you need help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at + 1(800)799-7233. You should also contact your installation’s Family Advocacy Program for more information.

Our additional programs within the Family Advocacy Program help with specific needs:

New Parent Support Program (NPSP): Expecting parents and parents with children ages 0-3 have special challenges, and NPSP has tools to meet them. Programs including home visits and parenting classes help caregivers learn to cope with stress, isolation, deployments, reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood.


Transitional Compensation (TC) Program for Abused Dependents: Under a congressionally mandated program, abused dependents of military personnel may be eligible for up to three years of benefits and entitlements, including temporary financial compensation, medical care, and commissary and exchange privileges.


Victim Advocacy Program (VAP): Victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse have round-the-clock access to services, including emergency assistance, information, referrals, and ongoing support in accessing medical, behavioral health, legal, and law enforcement services on and off garrisons. Victim Advocates will discuss the option of restricted and unrestricted reports.


Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and workshops are available to you, your unit, or your Family support group. Topics may include:

  • Command and Troop Education
  • Community Awareness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Couples Communication Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Prevention Programs and Services
  • New Parent Support Program
  • Parent Education
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Victim Advocate Program
  • Relationship Support
  • Safety Education
  • Respite Care Program
  • Emergency Placement Care Program
  • Reporting Procedures


Contact your installation’s Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program for more information.


You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals.

Domestic Violence

Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program (FAVAP) is a specialized function within FAP that provides comprehensive assistance and liaison to and for victims of spouse abuse, physical, emotional, neglect, and domestic violence sexual assault.  The program works cooperatively with military and civilian resources to adequately meet the needs of spouse abuse victims. Learn More

Education for Command and Troops

Family Advocacy Program (FAP)

Unit Training

Required annual training for Soldiers IAW AR 608-18, Army Family Advocacy Program. Educates Soldiers on the dynamics of spouse and child abuse; command policy; community programs, services, resources; the identification, reporting, and referral process; and utilization of the 254-287-CARE Line for assistance. Training is available upon request. FAP Orientation is conducted during daily inprocessing briefings.

Leadership Training

Training available for all levels of command, from junior to senior, focusing upon the FAP, dynamics of abuse and strategies identified to assist Soldiers and their families in the prevention of spouse and child abuse. A presentation of available community programs, services, resources, Transitional Compensation Program, and the referral process is included. Classes are available upon request.

Family Advocacy Specialist Program (FASP)

Provides commanders with a mechanism through which education, training, and referral procedures can be established in their units to promote sound decision-making skills, increased knowledge on family stressors, the prevention of family violence, and a constant information flow of rehabilitation efforts.  Each battalion-sized element is assigned a Family Advocacy Specialist. +1 (254)288-2092 or +1 (254)287-8989.

Commander Desk Side Briefing

An on-site presentation for commanders at all levels that provides an overview of the FAP; update of program initiatives; identification of command support required; trends/status of training and treatment mandates; prevention programs/services/resources; and review of the reporting/referral process. An updated Commander’s Reference Guide is provided.  Briefings are available upon request. +1 (254)288-2092 or +1(254)287-8989

Education for Professionals

Professional Training

Provided to mandated reporters (Child and Youth Services, medical, and law enforcement personnel) and community agencies on the identification, reporting, and treatment of spouse and child abuse; the referral process; available programs, services, and resources; and the prevention of family violence. +1 (254)288-2092 or +1(254)287-8989

Domestic Violence Awareness Training for the Workplace

Training designed to provide the civilian workforce with an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence and how it affects the workplace.  Safety measures and available resources are identified. Classes are conducted monthly and available upon request.
+1 (254)288-2092 or +1(254)287-8989

Family Life Skills

Stress / Anger / Conflict Workshop

8-hour workshop designed to assist participants to recognize the symptoms, causes, and effects of stress and introduce an array of stress management techniques. The workshop focuses upon anger management / conflict resolution strategies and techniques. Workshops are conducted the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center, Building 18000.  Workshops are also available to units upon request. No cost child care is available upon request. +1 (254)618-7827, +1 (254)206-9856 or +1 (254)288-2092

Relationship Enrichment Program (REP)

Designed to equip couples with information, resources, strategies, and skills to identify problematic marital stressors, recognize danger signs, improve communication, manage anger and utilize effective conflict resolution techniques that will promote the building and maintenance of healthy relationships. Workshops are conducted the 2nd Wednesday of each month, Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center, quarterly off-post retreats, and specialty classes. Child care is available at no cost upon request. +1 (254)618-7584 or +1 (254)288-2092.

Safety Education

Expect Respect (Dating Violence Prevention)

This educational class is for units, teens, parents, school counselors, youth service agencies, and family members. Topics include:  Dating Rights/Responsibilities, Communicating Assertively, Jealousy, Dating Pressures, Building Healthy Relationships, Abuse and Respect. Classes are available upon request. +1 (254)618-7586 or +1 (254)288-2092.

Save-A-Tot / Boost-A-Youth Program Carseat Safety Inspection

A program designed to educate military parents on child car seat safety. Resource packets are distributed and parents engage in “hands-on” exercises with trained technicians as seats are installed and safety checks administered. The service is open to all military ID card holders by appointment only. Classes are available upon request. Children must be present during the safety check. Exchanges or free car seats are not issued as a part of the program. +1 (254)287-6505, +1 (254)288-2092 or +1 (254)287-1763.

Child Safety

Educational training presented to address child safety:  internet safety, personal awareness, identification kits, environmental safety, peer and adult support/influence, high risk behaviors, communication skills, danger signs, and exploitation. +1 (254)287-1763 or +1 (254)288-2092

Parenting Support and Education

Single Soldier Parent Network

Develops communication and assistance for single Soldier parents through networking, information sharing, and mutual support. Group meets available upon request. All Single Parent Soldiers are welcome. +1 (254)287-6505 or +1 (254)288-2092

New Parent Support Program (NPSP) Ages 3 and Under

Provides in-home visitation, therapeutic support, information / referral, and resource assistance to Army families. NPSP attempts to reduce the likelihood of child abuse, neglect and spouse abuse through community education and the promotion of healthy family functioning. Parent training, New Parent Support Group and  Explore, Learn and Play (interactive playgroup) activities are offered. Come by or give us a call, Shoemaker Center, Bldg 36000, 2nd Floor +1 (254)287-2286

Common Sense Parenting Ages 4-12

The forum is comprised of a weekly parenting education program and support group designed to introduce parenting styles; identify/address military parenting issues, challenges, and stressors that impact relationships, understand family dynamics; develop/enhance parenting skills, discuss child management techniques, and explore child development issues. Workshops are conducted 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 9:30 -11:30 a.m at Ovetta Culp Hobby. +1 (254)618-7443

Active Parenting / Teen Challenge Ages 13-18

Parents will gain knowledge, skills, and insight to guide teens through the turbulent periods associated with adolescence. Teens will become aware of information, resources, and skills to assist in effectively managing the changes and challenges of adolescence. Classes available upon request. +1 (254)287-6505 or +1 (254)288-2092