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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Family Advocacy Program 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!

Family Advocacy Program Classes (July through December 2017)

For May through June 2017 classes, please visit our Calendar, 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.

 

Registration is required for classes. There are 2 ways to register....Give us a call at +1 (910)396-5521 or submit your information online via our ACS Class Registration Form.

 

Active Parenting First Five Years (New Class!)
Your child’s first years are so important, don’t you agree? This class will help you make the most of them by showing you ways to nurture your child with a combination of freedom and nonviolent discipline. This course looks at each stage of development and how you can better interact and understand your child’s natural curiosity and creativity at each stage. The course also covers understanding tantrums, encouraging good behavior as well as instilling consequences. To register, call (910) 396-5521.

  • Jul 11, 12 and 13 from 1-3 pm
  • Aug 1, 2 and 3 from 1-3 pm
  • Sep 5, 6 and 7 from 1-3 pm
  • Oct 3, 4 and 5 from 1-3 pm
  • Nov 7, 8 and 9 from 1-3 pm
  • Dec 5, 6 and 7 from 1-3 pm

 

1-2-3 Magic
Participants will learn how to discipline without arguing, yelling or spanking; how to stop obnoxious behaviors quickly; and how to end battles over any necessary routine including bedtime, cleaning messy rooms, lying, doing chores or homework. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.
Jul 5 and 7 from 1-4 pm

  • Aug 9 and 10 from 1-4 pm
  • Sep 13 and 15 from 1-4 pm
  • Oct 11 and 12 from 1-4 pm
  • Nov 1 and 3 from 1-4 pm
  • Dec11 and 15 from 1-4 pm

 

Positive Discipline
This class teaches parents to help their children develop a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, creative cooperation and problem-solving skills. Attendees learn how to defuse power struggles, promote open communication and empower their children to be accountable for their own actions and choices. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 6 and 7 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Aug 1 and 2 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Sep 5 and 7 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Oct 3 and 5 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Nov 7 and 9 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Dec 5 and 7 from 9 am – 12 pm

 

ScreamFree Parenting
ScreamFree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice but also raising your integrity as a parent. It’s about learning to calm your emotional response and focus on your own behavior. By staying cool, calm and connected with your children, you begin to operate less through emotions and more from values and principles. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 24, 26 and 28 from 9 am – 1 pm
  • Aug 21, 23 and 25 from 9 am – 1 pm
  • Sep 25, 27 and 29 from 9 am – 1 pm
  • Oct 23, 25 and 27 from 9 am – 1 pm
  • Nov 27, 29 and Dec 1 from 9 am – 1 pm
  • Dec 18, 19 and 20 from 9 am – 1 pm

 

24/7 Dad
Dads are one of the most important role models in their children's lives. This class focuses on skills men need in order to make a positive difference and be involved fathers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The class focuses on key fathering characteristics and helps men develop the attitude, knowledge and skills necessary to get and stay involved with their children. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 24, 26 and 28 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Aug 21, 23 and 25 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Sep 25, 27 and 29 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Oct 23, 25 and 27 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Nov 20 and 22 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Dec 18, 20 and 22 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

 

Co-Parenting Families of Divorce and Custody
This course teaches parents who reside separately how to raise their children cooperatively and more effectively with one another by focusing on the best interests of the children. Attendees will learn the benefits of separating personal conflicts from their role as parents and discuss visitation boundaries, the economic impact and responsibility of co-parenting as well as how to talk to children about divorce. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 18 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Aug 8 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Sep 12 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Oct 10 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Nov 14 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Dec 12 from 9 am – 12 pm

 

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies
Combining Families can be a challenging, yet very rewarding process. This three-day workshop provides participants with the valuable skills necessary to help members of the Family balance the different aspects of step-family life; the marriage, children and parenting partnerships. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 18, 19 and 20 from 1-4 pm
  • Oct 17, 18 and 19 from 1-4 pm

 

Active Parenting for Teens (New Class!)
The challenge of successfully ushering children through their teen years has always been among parents’ hardest-won achievements. “Active Parenting of Teens” provides the guidance and support necessary to turn those challenges into opportunities for growth. In the class participants will learn methods of discipline, skills for clear, honest communication, concrete strategies to prevent risky behavior and how to be an encouraging parent. To register, call (910) 396-5521.

  • Aug 15 and 16 from 1-4 pm
  • Sep 19 and 21 from 1-4 pm
  • Nov 14 and 15 from 1-4 pm
  • Dec 19 and 21 from 1-4 pm

 

Stress Management
This one-session class helps attendees identify stressors and symptoms of stress as well as how to select and implement stress management skills to overcome stressors of any kind. Learn how to take control of yourself by learning to control your stress, instead of allowing the stress to control you. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 19 from 9 am – 11 am
  • Aug 16    from 9 am – 11 am
  • Sep 20 from 9 am – 11 am
  • Oct 18 from 9 am – 11 am
  • Nov 15 from 9 am – 11 am
  • Dec 21 from 9 am – 11 am

 

Anger Management
This one-session class provides attendees with the skills necessary to help evaluate, understand and control their anger. Learn to control your response to any situation by taking control of your emotions. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 5 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Aug 2 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Sep 6 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Oct 4 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Nov 1 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Dec 6 from 9 am – 12 pm

 

Living With Anger
Attendees can expect to build upon the skills learned in the Anger Management workshop by taking a personalized approach to behavior and personality management. By obtaining a deeper understanding of the root of their anger, attendees will be empowered to create and maintain more peaceful environments.

  • Jul 11 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Aug 8 from 1-4 pm
  • Sep 12 from 1-4 pm
  • Oct 10 from 1-4 pm
  • Nov 21    from 1-4 pm
  • Dec 12 from 1-4 pm


ScreamFree Marriage
Making a marriage stand the test of time takes both partners learning how to handle conflict constructively and to protect each others best interests. In this class, instructors will guide couples to new levels of mature intimacy by showing them how to relate to each other in a calm, cool and connected way; regardless of how their "other half" acts. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 25 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Aug 22 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sep 26 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Oct 24 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Nov 28 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Dec 27 from 9 am – 4 pm

 

Couples Communication
Avoid destructive patterns that prevent you from building and maintaining a healthy, loving, and compassionate relationship with your significant other. Participants explore how to move from constantly playing the “blame game” to using constructive problem solving methods and effective non-verbal communication together to establish trust and support within a loving relationship. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr.

  • Jul 27 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Aug 24 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sep 28 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Oct 26 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Nov 30    from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Dec 28    from 9 am – 4 pm

 

Single & Dating
Attracting the wrong types of people? Stop revolving and start evolving in relationships! Focus on the dynamics of dating and learn how to find the right partner for you.

  • Aug 10    from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Oct 12    from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Dec 14    from 9 am – 12 pm

 

Questions to Ask Before Getting Married (New Class!)
Love can be a wonderful thing, but being married takes work. Communication, compromise and joint decision making are the main ingredients to a happy and successful marriage. “Questions to Ask Before You Get Married” will help you and your partner explore your goals and perspectives on important topics as you prepare for the life-long journey you are about to take together. To register, call (910) 396-5521.

  • Jul 13 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Sep 14 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Nov 16 from 9 am – 12 pm

 

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.

 

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