Family Matters

Supporting Healthy Families

The Family Advocacy Program is dedicated to supporting healthy families.


  • ParentWorks In-Home Services. Military families could have a parent educator from ParentWorks come to your home on a regular basis, free of charge, to help you with organizing and managing your household, budgeting, or parenting concerns.
  • Web-based information on medical, family, legal, and financial matters. Visit Federal Occupational Health’s DLA Life Connections at When prompted for a screen name, type in DLA, then enter DLA for the password. This website helps you manage your day-to-day responsibilities. By phone, it is 1-800-222-0364.
  • Monthly distribution of information for parents.
  • We conduct “Greet and Share” sessions with Child and Youth Development Services’ parents on the first Wednesday of every month. The Family Advocacy Program Manager can meet individually with parents about their concerns. The Family Advocacy Program has a section in the Child Development Center monthly newsletter.
  • Information tables are offered monthly at two installation locations on a variety of personal adjustment and wellness issues to improve your work and family life-coping skills.
  • Respite Care:
    • If you need brief, temporary free-of-charge childcare due to illness, deployment, extended temporary duty, medical appointments, or family stress, call (717) 770-7066.
    • Enrollment of special needs family members.
  • Each branch of military service has an Exceptional Family Member Program, which makes it mandatory for service members with family members who have special physical, emotional, intellectual, or educational needs to enroll for assignment purposes.
  • A library of videos and pamphlets.
  • Over 300 titles on personal and family matters are available to you free of charge. Just stop by the Family Advocacy Program office or call for a mail-out at (717) 770-7066.
  • A licensed, experienced social worker is available to meet with you by phone or in person to make recommendations or suggestions on how you can address the personal or family-related issues life presents, usually by referring you to free-of-charge counseling or support groups. Behavioral Health Services at Carlisle Barracks offers free counseling services for active duty military and their family members at (717) 245-4602.
  • Crisis services for families at risk of child or domestic abuse. Whether you are concerned about your own violence or the violence of someone you care about, find out about local free services to stop or prevent family or couple’s violence.