Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers a wide variety of life skills and parenting classes to support service members and their families, including Active Duty Pregnancy workshops, Couples Communication and “Parents-to-Be” resource fairs. The New Parent Support Home Visitation program offers support, referrals and education services for expectant and new parents. The program helps families, in the comfort of their own homes, to adjust to the addition of a new family member. Single or married active duty or an eligible family member can participate in this program.
Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS) provides resiliency training to military families. It teaches families practical skills so that they can meet the challenges of multiple deployments, frequent moves, and the wear and tear of operational stress. This prevention program is open to Navy and Marine Corps families, as well as families of the Army and Air Force, both active and reserve. FOCUS includes the entire family and is customized to suit its specific needs. It helps a family to tell its story and teaches family members how to talk together. In FOCUS, families develop a shared understanding of how their own deployment experience creates a unique story. Throughout multiple family sessions, structured activities help the family bridge communication gaps and develop their own personal “tool box” of coping skills to maximize strengths. San Diego FOCUS locations include: NBSD, 619-556-6075; NAB, 619-522-7674; and MCB Camp Pendleton, 760-859-6079. Visit www.focusproject.org.
Dads Corps, offered by Healthy Start Military Family Resource Center, targets the unique challenges to parenting as a military service member. This workshop is a place where military dads can talk, listen and learn about being the best dad they can be. Call 858-496-0044 for more information.