Providing Training: Ideas for your work with families, youth, and young adults who are military connected

We know how hard you work to provide in-person and virtual training, and information for parents. According to the Center for Parent Information and Resources, Parent Centers achieved more than 1 million contacts, just through trainings and individual assistance. This number is in addition to the millions of website visits and resource dissemination numbers that were accomplished. Most importantly, at least 90% of those surveyed found that programs and services met their needs, helped them understand how to get their child’s needs met, and that they were able to put the information to use.

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Disasters and Emergencies-Help Military Families with These Resources

When natural disasters and other emergencies strike, your Parent Center will step up to locate services and supports for affected families. Military families have some additional concerns during emergencies, but they also have significant resources available for just such situations. You can direct military families to these resources both during an emergency, and for future planning, which lets your Parent Center concentrate on other types of assistance. The military resources include planning for an evacuation when individuals have disabilities.

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Tips for Accessing Military Installations: For Individual Assistance and Trainings

Gaining access to a military installation can be a daunting process. Planning ahead and being aware of the procedures and rules before you arrive at the gate of the installation can simplify things and ensure you can connect with a family, meet with military personnel, attend a resource fair or provide a training.
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What Is Secondary Dependency?

Did you know that the adult-aged child of an active duty or retired service member may qualify to retain their military medical benefits and other base privileges after age 21 if they meet the following criteria? The adult child, also referred to as the “Incapacitated Adult Child” must be

  • Incapable of providing his or her own support
  • Dependent on the sponsor (military parent) for at least 50 percent of his or her support (if the sponsor is deceased, the child must have received over 50 percent of his or her support from the sponsor at the time of death)
  • Incapacitation must have occurred prior to age 21 or age 23 if the adult child is enrolled as a full-time student
  • Unmarried—if the child marries and subsequently becomes unmarried due to divorce, annulment, or the death of the spouse, the sponsor is able to apply for reinstatement of the child’s benefits and entitlements as long as the adult child meets all other requirements.

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Easy Branch Orientation and Guide to Staff Training

We’ve created a guide to our most useful materials on military families: their culture, their unique needs, and the military systems that support them when they have a child with a disability. There is something for every staff member, from those with lengthy experience working with military families to those just starting out. AND-links to parent handouts, including 3 handouts you can brand with your Parent Center logo!

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Legal Resources for Highly-Mobile Military Families

Parent Center staff are knowledgeable about State and local legal resources for families, but military families have unique circumstances that can call for out-of-state or specialized assistance.  For example, when they move to a new duty station, they may need to find a lawyer in the State to which they are moving to help them establish a new guardianship for an adult child with disabilities. Fortunately there is an online resource from the American Bar Association: ABA Home Front, created to help military families get legal assistance both on and off the installation.

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Social Media Helps Military Families

As Parent Center staff, you realize how important networking opportunities can be in helping your own family or the families you work with. Military families, with their highly mobile life, can benefit from using Social Media to network and find out about a new location and supports available for their children with special needs. Social Media is a valuable tool to help military families get and stay connected to an ever changing environment, available services and resources.

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