Family Development

Websites for Couples & Families

The list of websites below connects to topics and organizations that can assist in working with military couples & families. Click on the name of the organization for website links. Feel free to contact us if you have others to recommend.

Couples & Families

Narrative Therapy Library
If you are interested in narrative therapy and community work we have designed this site for you! You can download a range of free articles, purchase books and articles and places in training events. If you are searching for particular articles or books, the best way to do this is through our bibliography. This is the most comprehensive bibliography in relation to narrative therapy. We are constantly updating it. In fact, if you know of any references that are not included within it, please let us know!

Mental Health Care – Health.mil
Mental Health Care is a Defense Department initiative developed in response to the 2006 and 2007 National Defense Authorization Acts, which required an Internet-based platform focused on post-deployment psychological health concerns. T2 strives to make the website the foremost authority for service members dealing with post-deployment challenges.

Army Family Readiness Group
Family Readiness Group (FRG) is an officially command-sponsored organization of Family members, volunteers, and Soldiers belonging to a unit, that together provides an avenue of mutual support and assistance, and a network of communications among the Family members, the chain of command, and community resources.

Air Force Aid Society
The AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY (AFAS) is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. It promotes the Air Force mission by helping “to relieve the distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education”. It is rooted in the original Army Air Corps and the World War II Army Air Forces, whose members wanted to “take care of their own.” Through the years, AFAS has become increasingly effective in helping individuals with personal emergencies– as well as extremely useful when used by commanders to help solve personnel problems in their units.

Attachment Parenting International
The long-range vision of Attachment Parenting is to raise children who will become adults with a highly developed capacity for empathy and connection. It eliminates violence as a means of raising children, and ultimately helps to prevent violence in society as a whole. The essence of Attachment Parenting is about forming and nurturing strong connections between parents and their children. Attachment Parenting challenges us as parents to treat our children with kindness, respect, and dignity, and to model in our interactions with them the way we’d like them to interact with others.

Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families was formed in April 2009 by a group of military spouses to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. Blue Star Families includes active duty, National Guard, Reserve, wounded, transitioning service members and their families from all ranks and services, as well as veterans and civilians who strongly support us.

Clearinghouse for Military Families
What does the Clearinghouse do? Simply put, we’re here to provide you with the right tools and information to keep our military families strong. The Clearinghouse will help you—a dedicated professional who provides direct assistance to military families—do your job. By taking advantage of all the Clearinghouse has to offer, you will enhance your capacity to bolster military family readiness, resilience, and well-being.

Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.

Marine Corps Family Readiness Program
The Marine and Family Programs Division (MF) under the staff cognizance of the Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs is responsible for providing Service policy and resources to support commanders in executing quality Marine and family programs which enhance the operational readiness, warfighting capabilities, and life quality of Marines, their families, retirees and civilians.

Military Spouse Employment Authority
Military Spouse Appointing Authority (Executive Order 13473) allows agencies to appoint a military spouse without competition. Agencies can choose to use this authority when filling competitive service positions on a temporary (not to exceed 1 year), term (more than 1 year but not more than 4 years), or permanent basis. The authority does not entitle spouses to an appointment over any other applicant.

Military Spouse Foundation
The Military Spouse Foundation (MSF) is an organization created by military spouses, for military spouses. We have created an interactive customized self-actualization, transferable skills and career planning program specifically designed to meet the unique lives and careers of military spouses. Through our online career planning and entrepreneurial training center, we are part mother, educator, mentor, adviser, supporter and advocate.

Military Officers Association of America(MOAA) Spouse & Family
MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers. We are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers.

National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network
Our mission is to provide research-based resources and promote partnerships to advance the knowledge and practice in relationship and marriage education. We envision a nation-wide outreach through Extension Specialists and Educators in partnership with agencies and organizations at the national, state, and community levels that supports individuals and couples preparing for, developing and enriching healthy relationships and healthy marriages.

National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
As a service of the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we support the integration of healthy marriage and relationship education into targeted safety-net service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive strategy to strengthen families and promote family self-sufficiency.

National Military Family Association
NMFA is the voice of military families because, for 46 years, we have proven that we stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. Our Association is the “go to” source for Administration Officials, Members of Congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families. They know we have “boots on the ground” with military families and understand better than anyone that “military families serve, too.” Through the support and programs we provide, and our respected voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, our Association always looks out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve.

National Military Spouse Network
Is it possible to have it all? Traditionally, the transient military lifestyle has limited the ability of military spouses to create and sustain a career path that meets their deepest goals, talents, and aspirations. We believe that by leveraging today’s technology and employment trends, it is entirely possible to maintain a rewarding career within the framework and challenges of the military lifestyle. We are the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN) – the pre-eminent networking, mentoring and professional development organization committed to the education, empowerment, and advancement of military spouses.

Navy Fleet and Family Support Program
CNIC’s mission is to enable the Navy’s Operating Concept through Enterprise alignment of all shore installation support to the Fleet, Fighter, and Family. The Navy’s Operating Concept or “NOC” is an essential “Big” Navy’s mission statement of how DOD’s maritime component will execute its mission. These services (Ports, Airfields, MWR and Housing, to name just a few) are how we support the “Fleet, Fighter and Family.” “Fleet” represents the operating forces of the Navy. CNIC ensures all installation requirements necessary to train and operate the Fleets (Ports, Airfields, Training Ranges, etc.) are maintained and ready regardless of tempo.

The American Military Partner Association
The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s largest resource and support network for the partners, spouses, families, and allies of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members and veterans. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the partners of active duty service members, AMPA has grown to the strength of over 40,000 members and supporters and is proud to be leading the nation in education, advocacy, and support for our modern military families. Through our unprecedented work, we’re building a strong resource and support networks like no other.

The National Fatherhood Initiative
National Fatherhood Initiative® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to reverse our nation’s destructive trend towards father absence. Today, over 24 million American children live in homes in which their biological fathers do not live. On average, these children face a host of risks to their physical, economic, and emotional well-being as a result of living without the presence of an involved, responsible, and committed father. Therefore, NFI’s mission is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children with involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives.