How do Military Family Policies Influence Parenting Resources Available to Families?

  • Yuko K. WhitestoneEmail author
  • Barbara A. Thompson
Part of the Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families book series (RRMV)


This chapter discusses how the Department of Defense (DoD) and military policies and unique organizational factors shape available parenting support for military families, highlighting some of the DoD’s efforts to adopt evidence-based programs and resources to cope with unique parenting challenges associated with military lifestyle. Considering that the vast majority (75 %) of today’s Active Duty military families reside in civilian communities, it is also critical to provide military families with flexible and innovative community-based parenting support. To address these emerging needs of military families, the DoD is taking a community-based approach, called the Family Readiness System, to develop networks of support professionals and resources in civilian communities for military families.


Family readiness Military family support programs Department of Defense Government policy Family readiness system Support for military parents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DefenseOffice of Family Readiness Policy, Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family PolicyAlexandriaUSA

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