The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is a program to enhance the 509th Bomb Wing mission readiness by working to strengthen relationships.
The program helps active-duty members and their family members/intimate partners build healthy and resilient families by addressing relationship challenges. The program provides individual and couples therapy, seminars, and educational groups focused on couples communication, parenting, stress, anger management, etc.
“A Father Should Be His Son’s First Hero and His Daughter’s First Love”
Having a loving and nurturing father is as important for a child’s happiness, well-being, and social/academic success as having a loving and nurturing mother. Involved dads impact both sons and daughters, assisting them from day one, to develop into more balanced and well-rounded individuals. The mixed styles of playing and communicating used by both mother and father help to prepare a child for a wide variety of experiences outside the home. High levels of father involvement result in higher levels of sociability, confidence, relationship building and self-control.
Dad’s involvement is linked to positive health outcomes as soon as infancy, such as improved weight gain in preterm infants and improved breastfeeding rates. Children raised by engaged dads are less likely to act out or participate in unwanted risky behaviors, affording them better chances for success. When dads are involved at school, their children show better emotional, academic, social, and behavioral outcomes. They learn more, are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities, have fewer discipline problems, and enjoy school more. These skills are then carried forward to higher education and career settings.
Committing yourself to being an engaged father reaps benefits not only for your child, but for you as well. By creating a bonded relationship with your child, your own life will change for the better. You will experience positive gains in your own development and life decisions. It isn’t the number of hours spent together for father and child, but rather, the quality and strength of that time. It is proven and undeniably possible for out of the home involved fathers to have positive effects on children’s social and emotional well-being, as well as achievement and development later on in life. Whether living with your child or apart from them, you as an engaged father will be able to nurture your child’s healthy physical, emotional, and social development.
The Outreach and Prevention program is designed to strengthen and enrich service members and military families.
PREP (Couples Communication)- (Up to 4 sessions): Consists of exercises and discussion on topics such as: Personalities, danger signs, speaker/listener technique, issues and hidden issues, commitment, and fun and friendship.
Love & Logic Parenting Class- (Up to 6 Sessions): Learn how to put an end to arguing, back talk, and begging. Develop strategies to set limits with our children without waging war while avoiding power struggles. Help guide children to own and solve their own problems, and teach them to complete chores without constant reminders.
Stress & Emotion Management - (Up to 4 sessions): Learn tools, techniques, and more depth on our emotions and ways in which we can take control of them rather than them controlling us.
Pick-A-Partner: 5 Sessions that help singles to balance their heart and head as they pursue healthy relationships.
Dads the Basics: Half-day course on practical subjects like: attachment, attachment during deployment, diaper changing, birth plans, ways to support your spouse and baby, packing a diaper bag, soothing a baby, baby washing, Labor and Delivery, Fatherhood, and much more.
The New Parent Support Program is a voluntary program to help military families with young children adapt to parenthood and thrive as healthy families. Program benefits are available to active duty military families who are expecting a child or who have a child up to three years of age. Private, in-home support for new parents is the main focus of the NPSP.
The NPSP is staffed with nurses who can provide one-on-one support and guidance for expecting parents. This program can also assist parents coping with the challenges of having a new baby, and manage the demands of parenting.
The program includes access to books, booklets, DVDs and other materials on parenting.
For additional NPSP information, click here.
Whiteman Air Force Base Victim Advocate
24/7 Hotline Number (660) 324-4752
The Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) program provides comprehensive services that center on victim advocacy and overall system response. The DAVA program provides crisis intervention and support services to domestic abuse victims, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. If you or someone you know has experienced domestic abuse, you are not alone. Help and support are available.
We are there for you: Advocates accompany victims to medical visits, court proceedings, and other appointments as requested. Victim Advocates assist clients in determining what they wish to do, where to get help, and how they choose to report the domestic abuse (Restricted versus Unrestricted Report).
Reporting Options Restricted Reporting: A restricted report is a CONFIDENTIAL report of domestic abuse. The report allows a victim to receive medical treatment, supportive counseling and advocacy services without notice to the victim’s or alleged offender’s commander or law enforcement. This disclosure of domestic abuse must be made to a victim advocate, Family Advocacy, Healthcare provider, or SARC.
Unrestricted Reporting: Unrestricted reports include reports of domestic abuse from any other source (i.e. Security Forces, Anonymous Reports, First Sergeants, etc.). An unrestricted report may trigger an investigation, notification to the Commander and involve legal services.
Understanding the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Process for UNRESTRICTED Adult and Child Maltreatment Allegations
We understand that an allegation of family/partner maltreatment can be a very stressful experience. When the Family Advocacy Program receives an UNRESTRICTED report of maltreatment, the staff works to ensure that those who have the ability to help the family stay safe (e.g., commander, law enforcement, the Military Treatment Facility, local child protective agencies), are aware of the reported concerns.
What Happens After a Report of Maltreatment: Once the report is made, the service member’s commander and Family Advocacy will immediately focus on ways to keep all involved safe while the assessment process begins. That may mean issuing a Military Protective Order (MPO) if the alleged offender is the service member. The commander might also order the alleged service member offender into government quarters to separate him/her from the victim. If the alleged offender is a civilian, the commander may choose to bar him/her from the base or offer temporary accommodations on base until assessments and a safety plan can be accomplished.
Family Advocacy will assess safety and needs and recommend treatment. FAP may recommend a Victim Advocate to provide services such as court/medical accompaniment, information and resources, and safety planning. FAP does not make legal decisions or take protective custody of children in child abuse allegations. If needed, a medical provider will examine victims to identify and treat any injuries and to assess for evidence of past injuries.
What happens if Military or Civilian Law Enforcement is involved: Civilian and/or military law enforcement may investigate reports as well as the local child protective services agency. Both may interview members of the family and others who might have some insight into the allegations. They may also interview potential witnesses to the alleged maltreatment incident. In severe cases of child maltreatment, and when there is no safe caregiver for the child, local child protective agencies may temporarily remove a child from the home. FAP does not remove children from homes, but may make referrals or recommendations to child protective agencies.
How Can FAP Help My Family: Once all involved are safe (in or out of the home), FAP professionals focus on helping develop healthier relationships and parenting skills, often suggesting resources to help reduce stress in the family/relationship.
The DoD requires reports of maltreatment to be presented at the Central Registry Board (CRB). Members of the CRB include the installation Vice Wing Commander who serves as the Chairperson, FAP, representatives from the Judge Advocate (JA), the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), the Command Chief, Security Forces and unit representatives such as the Commander and/or First Sergeant. The CRB reviews the information collected confidentially and in a standardized format (information about the family is not discussed if it does not help determine if maltreatment occurred). If the incident does meet standardized maltreatment criteria, the case will be referred to the Clinical Case Staffing (CCS) meeting at the FAP. At the CCS meeting, recommendation are made for clinical treatment, rehabilitation and case management. FAP staff remain available to you throughout the entire process and are best suited to address any issues or concerns that may arise. For more information on FAP, call 660-687-4341.
Should I consider a Restricted Report?
If you are in an unhealthy/unsafe relationship and are looking for a way to receive confidential supportive maltreatment services, Restricted Reporting could be an option for you.
What are the benefits of a Restricted Report?
For more information about reporting options, please see the DAVA link (insert DAVA link here) or contact the DAVA 24/7 at 660-324-4752.
What to expect during your visit
The Family Advocacy clinician will need to meet with family members/intimate partners whether or not they were directly involved in the incident. A responsible adult must be available to watch your children (12 and younger) as the intake process is fairly lengthy and it can be difficult for children to wait in the clinic during this time. In addition, some of the issues discussed will be sensitive and are not always appropriate for children to hear.
Staff will explain the limits of confidentiality, the nature of the program, and ask about the incident described in the referral. You will meet with a clinical social worker who will evaluate the details of the incident, your family history, and current relationships. Family Advocacy staff will make recommendations and will explain what will happen following your appointment.
Family Advocacy staff understands that the referral process can be stressful. The team is here to provide you and your family/partner with support and will do their best to address any questions and concerns you may have.
Advocates accompany victims to medical visits, court proceedings, and other appointments as requested.
The Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate program provides crisis intervention and support services to domestic abuse victims, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence, you are not alone. Help and support are available.
509th Medical Group
331 Sijan Avenue, Building 2032
Confidential services, including non-medical counseling and specialty consultations, Eligible individuals may receive confidential services at no cost.
The Missouri Department of Social Services is responsible for coordinating programs to provide:
- Public assistance to help Missourians with food stamps, health care, child care, child support, blind services and other basic needs
- Health care coverage for eligible Missourians
- Child welfare services to help ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of Missouri children Specialized assistance to troubled youth
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
Security Forces - 687-3700
Appointment Desk, Pediatrics, Family Health, Pharmacy Refill Line, After Hours - 687-2188
DEERS - 687-6426
Mental Health - 687-4341
Family Advocacy Class Information - 687-4341
Medical Group Case Manager - 687-4169
Exceptional Family Member Special Needs Coordinator - 687-6032
Family Child Care Office - 687-5590
Child Development Center - 687-5588
Airmen & Family Readiness Center - 687-7132
Base Chapel Center - 687-3652
SAPR Office - 660-687-2324
SAPR 24 Hour Response Line - 660-687-7272
Task Force True North (TFTN) - 687-3135
Base Library - 687-5614
Youth Center - 687-5586
Community Support Coordinator - 687-4804
Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate - 324-4752
Survival House (Warrensburg Adult Abuse Center) - 429-2847
CASA (Sedalia Adult Abuse Center) - 827-5555
Lactation Consultant at WMMC - 262-7519
Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) Childbirth, Breastfeeding Classes - 262-7519
Bothwell Regional Health Center Classes - 827-9515