Family Resources In Montgomery County
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
Alabama Department of Human Resources
3030 Mobile Highway
Montgomery, AL 36108
The Alabama Department of Human Resources provides families with a multitude of services to help create safe, stable homes. These include child and adult protective services, food assistance, foster care, adoptions and more. Visit the department’s website or call for more information about applying for food benefits, reporting child abuse or neglect, reporting abuse of the elderly or disabled, job assistance programs and more.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.
The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.
Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.
The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.
Armed Services YMCA
The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Ys and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.
It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.
Signature programs include: Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.
Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and
The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.
Family Guidance Center of Alabama
2358 Fairlane Drive
Montgomery, AL 36116
The Family Guidance Center of Alabama provides services for families including counseling, parenting education, marriage enrichment, mentoring, child care support services, senior services, adult day care, career development and job training. For a full list of programs and services, visit the center’s website or call the Montgomery office.
Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you will always be in the loop.
Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was
Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.
Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.
United Service Organization
Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.
The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.
Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.
State of Alabama
Department of Public Safety
Now under the umbrella Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Alabama Department of Public Safety handles everything from impaired drivers to hazardous materials spills to missing children. The department began in 1935 as a pet project of then-Gov. Bibb Graves, who warned his 75 young motorcycle officers, “Gentlemen, if I have made a mistake, I’ll soon correct that.” Among the respected department’s sectors are the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the Highway Patrol and the Driver’s License divisions.
Division of Emergency Management
The Alabama Division of Emergency Management plans for and responds to natural and man-made disasters. Visit the division’s website for a severe weather awareness guide and other preparedness information.
Emergency Management Agency
The Montgomery Emergency Management Agency is responsible for planning and coordinating actions for disaster preparation, response and recovery. The office conducts emergency training and serves as a liaison with state and federal emergency agencies. It also offers the Alert Montgomery Network messaging system that can email, tell or send a voicemail to you with specific directions on how to handle an emergency. Visit the office’s web pages for the disaster planning guide, other disaster preparedness information and to register for the Alert Montgomery Network.
The Montgomery County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments allows county fire departments outside the city of Montgomery to improve protection and medical services for Montgomery County residents. Through the organization, volunteer fire departments can share ideas and develop aid agreements. For a list of volunteer fire departments outside the city, visit the Montgomery County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments’ website.
Fire & Rescue
Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.
Your pet faces new outside dangers in Alabama, such as alligators and snakes. Six species of venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads, pose a danger for a dog in wooded and watery areas. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators pose another threat. They live wherever there is water, so avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is responsible for the management of freshwater fish, wildlife, marine resources, state lands, state parks and other natural resources. The website offers tips about living with Alabama’s wildlife, as well as information on hunting, fishing and boating in the state.
Montgomery Humane Society
1150 John Overton Drive
Montgomery, AL 36110
The Montgomery Humane Society operates an animal shelter for homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals; facilitates adoptions for healthy animals; investigates cruelty and abuse cases; and educates the public in responsible animal ownership. Contact the society for information about adoptable pets, spay and neuter services, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.
Veterinary services in Montgomery County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association website, www.alvma.com.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.
To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.