Family Advocacy Program

Hours of Operation

Victim Advocate Hotline: +1 (910)322-3418 Ft. Bragg SHARP Hotline: +1 (910)584-4267

Monday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed
Second Wed. of each month Closed 8 a.m.-12 p.m. for staff meeting

Contact

Soldier Support Center - 3rd Fl.
Bldg. 4-2843 Normandy Dr.
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Tel:
+1 (910)396-5521

Military DSN Tel:
(312)236-5521

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Overview

The U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program (FAP) helps Soldiers and their Families recognize and prepare for the unique challenges of military lifestyles. Our services include seminars, workshops, counseling, and intervention to help strengthen the relationships of Army Families.

We are also dedicated to the prevention domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect of Soldiers and their Families through offering 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.

Child Abuse: What is child abuse? For more information on what child abuse is, or how to report child abuse, visit our Child Abuse web page. If you fear a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

To report suspected abuse or neglect, call the 24/7 Reporting Point of Contact (RPOC) for Fort Bragg, the Military Police at +1 (910)396-0391. Another resource to report child abuse is the National Child Abuse Hotline at +1 (800)422-4453.


If you have questions, call us! If you are concerned about your privacy, you don’t have to give your name. You don’t even have to want Fort Bragg services, we will still help!

Classes

To view upcoming classes, please visit our Calendar, which is located at the top of the website. Select "Community Support" from the "Categories" drop-down to filter and view only ACS Classes. If you are using a mobile device, find the Calendar by selecting Menu.

After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT)

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Promoting Effective Parenting in Military Families: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT)

Tired of Family drama? Wish your kids would listen? ADAPT teaches skills that help parents feel more effective and be less reactive. You may be eligible to take part in this free positive parenting program and study for Families on Fort Bragg!

Earn up to $520 in gift cards while building a more positive relationship with your children. Gain new tools for effective parenting and conflict resolution as well as some fresh new perspectives to help pave the way!  

ADAPT is the first research-based parenting program developed specifically to assist previously deployed military Families with school-aged children. Whether your Family is already well adjusted to deployments or you feel your parenting isn’t as effective with all the uncertainties of deployment and reintegration, ADAPT provides parents with help:

  • Identifying Family values and goals
  • Gaining tools to strengthen relationships
  • Developing united parenting throughout the deployment process
  • Giving them tools to help manage conflict in relationships

You may be eligible to participate if you or your spouse:

  • Are Active Duty Army on Fort Bragg
  • Have experienced at least one deployment in the past five years (Regular Army), or  two deployments  in the past three years (Special Operations)  
  • Have a child between the ages of 5-12 years old

Participants who went through the ADAPT program saw significant improvement in their parenting methods using more effective discipline than parents without ADAPT. After one year, parents reported more confidence in their parenting and less reliance on ineffective discipline tools. The program also shows improvements in children’s peer adjustment and reductions in behavior problems!

This study is short-term, but the benefits you’ll receive are life-long!

For more information or to register, call Cheryle at +1 (612)352-7974, email [email protected] or visit us online at ADAPT.umn.edu

Victims of Partner Abuse (24/7 Help)

We offer help 24 hours a day/7 days a week to victims through our Victim Advocate Program.

To Report Suspected Abuse
Additional Family Resources

Marriage and Family Counseling

Marital Enrichment Classes

Leader Resources for Responding To/Preventing Serious Family Problems

New Leaders are required to be trained - All new Commanders and their Senior NCO/First Sergeant/CSM are required to attend a Family Advocacy Leaders Training within 45 days before or after assignment (this is covered during the Pre-Command Course as well). Call us to set up a training at any time/place that works!

Commander/First Sergeant Requirements - Partner Abuse Incidents

  1. Implement a Military Protective Order - Separate the couple using a Military Protective Order for at least 72 hours. Police protective order.
  2. Immediately Report the Case - Contact Social Work +1 (910)907-7869 or after hours by calling the WAMC Emergency Room, at +1 (910)907-6559, and asking for the on-call Social Worker. Inform Social Work of the incident, so that they can arrange for an assessment of the couple.
  3. Use Victim Advocates - Have the victim speak to a victim advocate by calling +1 (910)322-3418.
  4. Secure Weapons - Ensure any weapons belonging to the couple are secured by either the police or the unit.
  5. Attend Treatment Meetings - Attend the WAMC Social Work Case Review Committee (CRC) Treatment Meeting on your Soldier’s case, to represent your Soldier, at Social Work (3rd Floor WAMC Medical Center.
  6. 24/7 Contact for Help - Contact Tom Hill/Family Advocacy Program Manager 24/7 at cell +1 (910)303-5306 if you/your staff need any guidance on procedures to follow at the time of the incident.
  7. Lautenburg Amendment - Be advised that the Lautenberg Amendment may cause serious problems for your Soldier if he/she has been charged with assault of their spouse/intimate partner by a civilian court.

Commander/First Sergeant Requirements - Child Abuse Incidents

  1. Immediately Report Case - Contact Social Work +1 (910)907-7869 or after hours by calling the WAMC Emergency Room, at +1 (910)907-6559, and asking for the on-call Social Worker. Inform Social Work of the incident, so that they can arrange for an assessment of the Family. Be aware that both Social Work and the County Department of Social Services are required to evaluate cases of child abuse and that the county is authorized to go to the home of the Family to make this evaluation.
  2. Attend Treatment Meetings - Attend the WAMC Social Work Case Review Committee (CRC) Treatment Meeting on your Soldier’s case, to represent your Soldier, at Social Work (3rd Floor WAMC Medical Center.
  3. 24/7 Contact for Help - Contact Tom Hill/Family Advocacy Program Manager 24/7 at cell +1 (910)303-5306 if you/your staff need any guidance on procedures to follow at the time of the incident.

Important points to consider with Family Violence Cases

  • Any physical action is wrong - Pushing, shoving, grabbing, holding, keeping from leaving and other physical actions against or with a spouse or intimate partner is not allowable behavior, no matter how a Soldier or partner may feel they were provoked by the other.
  • What is child abuse? - A parent is allowed to spank their child on the bottom with their bare hand. Any other physical discipline to any other body part or that causes bruising, marks or injury to any part of a child’s body is illegal and needs to be reported by Army regulation.
  • Child Neglect - Neglect of a child, that causes any marks or injuries or that could potentially endanger a child is also illegal and needs to be reported by Army regulation.
  • Expect Minimization when asked - When asking a Soldier about an incident, look for the most honest Soldier to minimize what actually happened. Especially look for signs that the Soldier is lying about the incident and be especially suspicious of any Soldier that blames abuse by him/her on the other partner –there is no excuse for a Soldier to lay their hand on their spouse, no matter what the excuse.
  • Get other partner's side - Be especially suspicious is the civilian partner cannot be reached for their side of what happened and make every effort to locate and speak to him/her or to get a victim advocate to locate them.Many victims will go into hiding out of fear after an abuse situation, may forgive their spouse and not want to “add fuel to the fire” by speaking to you, but it is also very possible that the Soldier does not want his/her spouse contacted to give their side.
  • When victims keep returning - Try not to judge too harshly or to totally discount a report of abuse by a victim who you know has returned to their partner after abuse. There are many compelling reasons why victims, especially females may return to an abusive situation that have nothing to do with the truth of what happened.
  • Most dangerous point - In situations where spouses take action to permanently separate and there has been partner abuse in the past, this separation action might be the most dangerous time for serious abuse to occur. If you learn of such an action, even 6 months or a year after an incident, keep close tabs on the abusive partner and encourage the victim leaving to contact a victim advocate at +1 (910)322-3418.
  • Key signs of an especially bad case - Look for warning signs (.pdf) of a possibly controlling spouse or partner.

How to help prevent abuse in your unit

  • No excuse for assault - Make it clear to everyone in your unit that there is NO EXCUSE for anyone putting their hands on anyone else in the unit (assault/violence), including Family members.
  • Everyone get involved - Strongly and frequently encourage everyone to step in and act whenever they suspect a fellow Soldier, a family member or neighbor needs help of any kind, including marital problems, messy home, child maltreatment, depression, suicidal thoughts, sexual misconduct, drug/alcohol misuse, reckless driving, etc.  Better Bystander Behavior (.pdf)
  • Make sure leaders know how to respond - Make sure all your leaders know how to handle an abuse situation by arranging a leaders training at any time/place that works for your unit.
  • Make sure Soldiers and Family Members know how to - Make sure all your Soldiers and their Family members know how to get help early by scheduling yearly unit briefings at a time/place that works for them. Consider integrating important help or incident avoidance information during pay day activities, during safety briefings prior to training holidays and block leave, etc.  Training Information (.pdf)
  • Low tolerance for continued abuse - If one of your Soldiers/Families has a Family Violence incident, make sure it is reported and that the Soldier/Family gets treatment. Then, if the Family violence re-occurs after they have received treatment, strongly consider serious disciplinary action, including chapter discharge.Consider chapter action even if a Soldier continues to be victimized by their spouse because this seriously impacts mission readiness and influences other Soldiers.
  • Foster support systems - During FRG meetings and Organizational Days, find ways to connect junior enlisted and other Soldiers and Family members with other like members of the unit that they can relate to and seek out in the event of an emergency or issue. “Junior Families” are much more likely to contact a peer or friend than a unit leader in time of need and many Families do not have the social connections they need after moving to Fort Bragg from a far-away place.
  • Target new fathers for help - Find ways to involve any new fathers more in both the parenting of their new child and the support of their spouse. Encourage them to attend a Dads 101 class or allow them time to go to their home for a home visit by a New Parent Support Program Home Visitor. These visits can be scheduled for the optimal time for the Soldier. Lack of parenting and partner support with childcare and household chores are the number one causes of serious child injury and marital problems among military Families.
  • Many single soldier issues - Single Soldiers have many Family Violence related issues! Because North Carolina requires a one year legal separation before divorce, many Soldiers may be dating still-married persons and placing themselves in potential danger as a result. Dating violence perpetrated by single Soldiers is a Family Advocacy Program reportable offense. Many single Soldiers or single parents will allow unsuitable Soldier/civilian boyfriends or girlfriends to watch their children, leading to serious deaths or injuries of children.
  • Visit homes - Find ways to visit the homes of Soldiers/Family Members in your unit who are high risk and especially during deployments for messy homes because such a home is a key sign of a variety of problems in that home. Even in privatized housing there are numerous reasons why a simple knock at the door and a brief greeting is allowed by unit leadership. When the door is opened look at the condition of parts of the home you can see and also smell, while greeting the Family member. Often such an observation might be the only indication of a dangerous condition, such as spouse depression that, if left unchecked, could lead to death, serious injury or marital problems. This check-in is also vital to inform Family members about available services and that the unit cares for their well being.