The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers helpful programs and professional services to assist you in meeting the unique challenges of military life. All Active Duty Military, Wounded Warriors, Dependants, Retirees, Reservists, and DoD Civilians are eligible to participate in programs.
Information and Referral (I&R)
The I&R program provides a service to service members and their families, by which they can learn what is offered by the FFSC, military and local community about how to access the information and services they want or need. The center’s trained specialists help inform service members of resources available and how to access them.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Whether you are deciding your military career goals, retiring or separating, the FFSC can assist with your transition from military life to the civilian world. These workshops include employment, resume writing, benefits (current and veteran), relocation, job data bases, job fair schedules, and financial planning. Spouses are also welcome to participate in workshops.
Personal Financial Planning (PFM)
The FFSC provides financial education, training and individualized counseling that emphasize long-term financial responsibility. Learn about budgeting, home buying, checkbook management, and financial issues related to deployment. Financial Specialists Service Members and families develop spending plans and also provide investment information.
Family Employment Readiness
It can be challenging to maintain a career while transferring to new duty stations with your service member. The goal of the Family Employment Readiness Program is to help spouses find jobs and maintain a career as a military family member. This includes developing employment search skills, resume writing, career planning,
networking and interviewing. They also provide civilian and federal employment information and resources.
Relocation Assistance Program (RAP)
Whether you are expecting orders for an overseas tour or changing home ports, the FFSC can help service members and families prepare. Relocation Specialists offer one-on-one assistance helping with information about personal property entitlements, travel pay and allowances, obtaining details about the new home port such as housing cost of living, schools and child care opportunities. The Relocation Specialists can also assist with planning your overseas move, including passport and visa requirements.
Concerned about how you and/or your family will adjust during periods of separation - the FFSC plays a key role in assisting service members and families before, during and after deployment. The program is designed to help service members and their families successfully manage the challenges of deployment (separation) by helping them to better anticipate and understand the physical and emotional demands associated with deployment.
Life Skills Education
Having problems communicating with your spouse, adjusting to parenthood or managing stress - the FFSC provides solution-oriented programs to develop knowledge and social skills to enhance self-esteem and interpersonal relations. In addition to individual and group counseling, the FFSC provides Anger Management, Couples Communication, Parenting, Stress Management, Suicide Awareness, Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Prevention and Identification training and much more. Life Skills classes and training are offered both on-site at the FFSC and at Command locations on request.
New Parent Support (NPSP)
This is a voluntary early intervention program for expecting and new parents. The key component is home visitation. It is designed to promote healthy family functioning, child development, and positive parent-child interactions. New Parent Support Nurses offer prenatal and postnatal education and support, developmental screening, and assistance in accessing military and community resources.
Clinical Counseling is individual, marriage, family or group counseling provided by a licensed professional, free of charge. This counseling is short-term, nonmedical and goal directed. FFSC counseling focuses on emotional reactions and situational difficulties, such as: depression, troubled relationships, or family issues, which can result from deployments, separations, relocations, and other stresses common to the military way of life.
The Family Advocacy Program provides a variety of intervention and treatment models to meet the needs of individual families in reference to child and spouse abuse concerns. The program is designed to address the prevention, identification, reporting, intervention, treatment, and follow-up of child and spouse maltreatment. Five primary goals: 1) prevention of family violence, 2) victim safety and protection, 3) offender accountability, 4) rehabilitative education and counseling, 5) community accountability/responsibility for a consistent, appropriate response.
Sexual Assault Prevention and
When traumatic situations arise, the FFSC can provide the support and resources necessary for recovery and rebuilding. SAPR aims to reduce the incidence of rape and sexual assault through prevention education; provides crisis intervention, advocacy and support for victims; and collects numerical data on such incidents within the Navy.
Crisis Response is the quick response provided for commands, personnel and families when they are faced with crisis situations, ranging from sexual assault or loss of life, to natural disaster, mass casualties, evacuation, repatriation, mobilization or war. In the midst or aftermath of an incident, the FFSC provides command consultation, crisis intervention, coordination of support, resources and volunteers, 24 hour information and referral, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and follow-on counseling or referral services. The FFSC stands ready to assist.
Exceptional Family Member
Families with special needs deserve special care. The EFMP Liaison can assist with locating duty stations where specials needs are met. The Liaison also ensures military families with chronic illness or disabilities can receive needed services. The FFSC offers assistance to service members and family members with finding resources to medical, counseling and educational services, respite care and support groups.
Outreach Services are the relationship between the FFSC and commands and their community. FFSCs assess command and community needs, identify specific needs, and develop tailor-made programs to address command concerns - taking services to Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen Marines, Wounded Warriors and their families.
Command Training Support
Does your command need an annual GMT such as Suicide Awareness, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Domestic Violence Prevention, Family Advocacy, or specialized training to target identified needs within your unit. The FFSC team will welcome you, and provide on-site training for your service members.
Ombudsman Training and Support
Ombudsmen are Navy spouses designated by the commanding officer as a link to Navy families. FFSCs assist Ombudsmen by providing training and office space. You may also contact an Ombudsman seven days a week by calling the Command Duty office at 301-295-4611.