NAWS China LakeCommunity
Family Center Programs
A key resource on your installation and a gateway to accessing all of the resources available to you, the Fleet and Family Support Center provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of family and the military lifestyle. The Fleet and Family Support Center is one part of the overall installation family support system, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and mobility and economic readiness. The Fleet and Family Support Center should be one of you first stops upon arriving at an installation; its programs and services will be an important resource for you and your family.
Deployment/Individual Augmentee Support
We will assist during all phases of the deployment cycle, providing workshops, online and virtual support groups, deployment handbooks, family preparedness seminars and much more. During the deployment, we’ll help your family cope with the challenges of extended absences and connect them with resources to ease the burden of family separation. Upon return from deployment, we offer return, reunion, and reintegration seminars to help transition from deployment to homecoming.
From “Smooth Move” workshops to household hospitality kits, we can provide information, referral, resources and tools to make your permanent change of station (PCS) moves efficient and simple. Services include a loan closet from which families may borrow basic household goods; assistance with in-transit emergencies; classes on move-related topics such as buying or selling homes; and individual PCS planning, among others.
Leaving the Navy may involve a total lifestyle change. We host the U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Employment Workshop for sailors planning to leave the Navy or retire. These information-packed workshops are designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and execute a successful transition. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presentation on VA benefits is also included.
Personal Financial Management
A program to assist you in developing a personal and/or family financial management plan. Our trained personal financial fitness staff can help you analyze your finances. You can learn more about setting priorities, creating budgets, debt liquidation, Thrift Savings Plan, consumer and credit issues, and predatory lending. We’ll help you set a course for financial independence and guide you through your journey of becoming a Million Dollar Sailor. The FFSC staff is a centralized training source for command financial specialists.
The training, information, and personalized career coaching will help you identify and reach your employment and career development goals, manage the challenges associated with a mobile lifestyle and develop job search skills. Our network with local employers can have you climbing the ladder of success. Employment assistance professionals can assist with a wide variety of family employment issues.
We offer proactive workshops to enhance and assist with balancing your personal and professional life. This program provides you with information and education about a variety of life cycle issues, including parenting and relationships to help you strengthen your relationships.
Information and Referral
An integral function of the family center, information and referral services can assist you in locating needed services and programs available on your installation, through civilian agencies in the local community, and via national resources.
The morale, health, welfare and efficiency of command personnel are the responsibility of the Commanding Officer. The Command Ombudsman acts as a liaison between the command and its families. Our highly-trained Ombudsmen help provide you with information necessary to meet the unique challenges of a military lifestyle.
Family centers may also provide other services, such as Counseling, Family Advocacy, New Parent Support, Sexual Assault Victim Intervention, Volunteer and exceptional family member support. Services vary by location.