Family Advocacy Program

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Hours of Operation

Monday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Contact

Pershing Welcome Center
Bldg. 3443 Honest John Road

Tel:
+1 (256) 876-5397

Military DSN Tel:
(312)746-5397

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The Family Advocacy Program promotes individual and Family strengths and assists service members and their Families to recognize and meet the challenges of the military and DoD lifestyle. The FAP provides information and referrals to services available through FAP, Army Community Service and other agencies both on post and in the local community. Active duty military may participate in the New Parent Support Program which offers home visitation of a registered nurse until a child is 3 years of age. Free Baby Bundles are given to Families with new babies at the first home visit.

Classes
  • Free play mornings for parents and childre, adges newborn through age 5, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Childwise Building, 3467 Vincent Road.
  • Parenting the adolescent
  • Effective parenting for the 5 to 12 years
  • Effective for the young children 1 to 4 years
  • Strengthening your Step Family
  • Anger and Stress Management classes
  • Marriage Enrichment opportunities
  • Resilience classes
Child Abuse and Neglect, Domestic/Intimate Partner Abuse and Sexual Assaults

The Family Advocacy program seeks to prevent spouse/intimate partner and child abuse and neglect and sexual assaults, encourages reporting of all instances of abuse, provides safety assessment for victims of abuse and provides support services and treatment for victims and offenders.

Although FAP coordinates the legal, law enforcement, social services and medical aspects of Family violence on the installation, program responsibilities are primarily divided at the installation between Army Community Service (ACS), Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) at Fox Army Health Center and legal and law enforcement. The FAP multidisciplinary team coordinates services with off post resources such as Crisis Services of North Alabama, the Department of Human Services, and the National Children's Advocacy Center. The FAP at ACS provides education, training and other prevention activities. Victims of domestic/intimate partner abuse and sexual assault can be provided with a Victim Advocate located at Army Community Service to assist her/him through the crisis. The MTF provides therapeutic assessment and treatment. Law enforcement and legal evaluate whether or not a law has been committed.

The Army offers 2 Reporting Options for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

  1. Restricted Reporting: Allows the victim, on a confidential basis, to disclose details of the incident/assault only to specified individuals and receives all services. Law enforcement and the soldier's commander are not contacted. Medical treatment, including a forensic examination, counseling and other support services are offered to the victim. This option gives the victim time to receive relevant information and support, in order to make a more informed decision about reporting the domestic abuse or sexual assault to the commander and being willing to participate in a criminal investigation.
  2. Unrestricted Reporting: Allows the victim to receive medical treatment, including a forensic examination, counseling, and support services. The incident is reported to appropriate legal and command authorities. An investigation is completed to ensure the safety and well-being of the victim and other family members who may be at risk from harm. The offender's responsibility in the incident will be investigated.

There are exceptions to the restricted reporting option. Two of the exceptions include: if a child is being abused and/or neglected the local child protection agency must be contacted orif the victim or others in the home are at risk for serious injury or death then a report must be made to local authories.

To discuss options of domestic violence, contact the Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, at  +1(256)876-5397 during duty hours or at +1 (256)508-6613 after duty hours.

Partnerships

The FAP Partnerships include:

  • The Commander's primary source of FAP information and prevention strategies
  • A key member of the Army Community's FAP multi- disciplinary case review and policy team
  • A participant in the civilian community's domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse prevention and intervertion efforts.
  • An advocate with Soldiers and Family members for strong service member families
  • A sponsor for training in family violence prevention and intervention

Transitional Compensation (TC) Program:

Congress established the Transitional Compensation (TC) Program for abused dependents of military personnel. The legislation authorizes temporary payments for Families in which the Active Duty Soldier has been court-martialed (with a qualifying sentence) or is being administratively separated for a dependent abuse offense.

The TC Program offers benefits and entitlements for 36 months to eligible Family members. During this period beneficiaries are provided temporary financial compensations and are eligible to receive medical care, including behavioral health services, as TRICARE beneficiaries. Recipients will also have commissary and exchange privileges during this period. The Judge Advocate coordinates this program.

Accreditation:

Monitors and ensures the installation is in compliance with DoD FAP Quality Assurance (QA) standards and meets accreditation standards.