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Family Advocacy Program

Mission
To increase the health and well-being of Air Force families through education and support; thereby maximizing readiness in order to accomplish the Air Force mission.

What is Family Maltreatment?
· Partner Abuse: physical, emotional, neglect or sexual abuse within a consenting intimate and sexual relationship where one or both partners is the alleged offender.
· Child Physical Abuse: non-accidental physical injury to a child.
· Child Sexual Abuse: exploitation of a child for gratification of an adult.
· Child Emotional Abuse: a pattern of behavior that attacks emotional development or sense of self-worth.
· Child Neglect: failure to provide a child with the basic necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and adequate supervision.

Family Maltreatment Program
Provides identification, evaluation and treatment services for active-duty members and their family members referred due to maltreatment (child/spouse abuse). Air Force policy directs that all active-duty members and civilian employees of the AF will report all incidents of suspected family maltreatment (AFI 40-301).

Services include:
· Assess child abuse/neglect issues in conjunction with the State of Montana's Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS).
· Individual, Family, Child Forensic Interviewing and Marital Therapy
· Anger Management
· The Maltreatment Program's function is not punitive, but rather an opportunity for a service member to resolve family issues.

New Parent Support Program
Provide education, support and information to pregnant women and new parents of children up to three years of age. This program is offered to parent(s) with their first child or tenth child. Services are offered beginning in the prenatal period and continue through the babies first three years. The child(ren) can be biological, foster or adopted to qualify for the program.

Services include:
· Parenting Education 0-3 years
· Home Visitations
· Empathy Belly
· Lactation Support and Education
· Child Safety Seat Checks
· Child Proofing the home
· Growth and Development activities and education
· Birthing education
· Prenatal Orientation
· Single Parenting Issues
· Shaken Baby Awareness & Education
· Purple Crying Awareness & Education
· Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Education
· Third Trimester Pregnancy Course
· Lending Library: DVD, VHS, & books for parenting skills, couples communication, etc.

Outreach Program
Provides prevention and support services that will improve knowledge and skills required to strengthen families. Provide education and training about family maltreatment and exceptional medical/educational conditions, laws, regulations, and reporting procedures.

Services include:
· PREP (couples communications class)
· Educational Anger Management
· Children in the Middle (divorce program)
· Love & Logic
· DADS 101
· Domestic Violence Prevention Month
· Child Abuse Prevention Month
· Provide information and referral services to community agencies

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) Services
· Confidential 24/7 victim advocacy services
· Accompany victim to court proceedings and medical appointments
· Provide emotional support
· Work directly with the base Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
· Safety planning
· Referrals to Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and other military and civilian services


To contact Family Advocacy please call, 406-731-2161.
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