Family Advocacy Program

Telephone number: (405) 582-6604/ DSN 852-6604

Duty hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: 72d Medical Group 7050 Air Depot Blvd, Bldg# 1094. Second floor near the Dental Clinic

The Family Advocacy Office is the Tinker AFB point of contact for child and spouse/unmarried intimate partner maltreatment reporting and treatment. It is mandatory for all Tinker AFB DoD civilian (to include contract employee) and military personnel to report suspected family maltreatment to Family Advocacy. The following Family Advocacy Programs are available for military families, and many are also available to anyone with access to the base.

Services for parents:
· New Parent Support Program (NPSP): Eligible families include those expecting a baby, families with children three and under, or families planning to adopt a child age three and under. Priority is for active duty military families; other TRICARE beneficiaries may participate on a space-available basis. Our registered nurses and licensed clinical social workers offer assessments, referrals, prenatal education/postnatal education, information on a wide variety of topics, couple and family counseling, parenting classes, and free books or other educational materials.

· Dads the Basics: This is a class taught by dads for new and soon-to-be dads. Topics include pregnancy, coping with crying, ways to show you care, and more.

· Baby Business Class: Four-session evening class for new and expectant parents. Topics include infant health care, infant/child CPR, labor and delivery," How to Budget for a Baby," baby/child safety, breastfeeding, infant nutrition, and more.

· Infant Massage: A class for parents with children under 12 months old. Have fun with your baby while you learn techniques to calm and soothe your child. Strengthens bonding between parent and child. Nurturing touch stimulates your infant's brain development.

· Rhythm Kids/Play Group: A joyful movement and music experience for parents and kids under 5 years old. Singing, dancing, parachute play, and loads of active fun! Parents are encouraged to stay for playgroup immediately following Rhythm Kids. (Held at the Balfour Beatty Community Center)

· Circle of Parents : A parent-led, self-help group where parents and caregivers can share ideas, celebrate successes and address the challenges surrounding parenting. For parents with children 0-6 years old. (Held at the Balfour Beatty Community Center)

· 1-2-3 Magic: This class is for parents of children 2-6 years old. "Easy-To-Learn Parenting Solutions That Work." Down-to-earth, kid-friendly discipline techniques. Learn how to discourage negative behaviors and encourage positive behaviors.

· Love and Logic class: A class for parents of children ages 7 through 12. Techniques that are learned: are simple and easy to learn; teach responsibility and character; lower the parents' stress level; have immediate positive effects. Up the odds that you will enjoy lifelong positive relationships with your kids

· Active Parenting of Teens class: For parents with teens. Learn how to establish mutual respect and cooperation, decrease power struggles, mold values, help your child make positive choices in life to prevent risky behavior, and develop skills and character they need to thrive as they gain independence.

· Infant/Child CPR Class: One-session class for parents of children birth to 8 years old. Learn techniques that could save your child's life.

Services for Couples:
· FAST: (Family Advocacy Strength Based Services) Couple and family counseling for active duty members and their families. Priority on active duty military families-- (Other TRICARE beneficiaries on a space-available basis)

· Relationships 101: A quick look at common problems couples encounter: danger signs, negative thinking patterns, and hidden issues. This one-session class offers positive suggestions to avoid those pitfalls and enhance your relationship.

· PREP: (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program.) A more intensive class for couples to improve communication, learn problem solving as a team and start having fun together again.

Services for Individuals:
· P.I.C.K. a Partner or...How to Avoid Falling In Love With a Jerk (or Jerkette): (Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge) a workshop for singles (and single-agains), both male and female. Explore Love vs. love, look at Red Flag Jerk Alerts, and what to watch out for - could you be involved with someone who may end up abusing you?

· Anger Management: This class teaches better ways of expressing and reducing feelings of anger. Explore how your patterns of thinking affect your behavior and learn techniques to keep your anger in control rather than letting it control you.

· Stress Management: A three-session class designed to help participants control their perception of stress and learn to choose better ways to respond to stressful events.

· H.A.S. (Healthy Thinking, Anger, Stress): This motivational class helps make you more aware of your thoughts and how they can lead to healthy (or unhealthy) choices and actions.

· FASES: (Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar) Four-hour class offered monthly. Covers a wide variety of topics.

· Men's Group: Nine weekly sessions. This psycho-educational group explores behaviors which have led to incidents of domestic violence. Focuses on power and control issues and how they affect intimate partner relationships.

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA): Provides 24-hour availability and services to adult victims of domestic violence. The DAVA can be reached during business hours (0700-1600,
M-F) via office phone at (405) 582-6584. After hours, the DAVA Hotline is (405) 415-0599.

S.A.F.E. (Survivors of Abuse Fellowship and Empowerment Support Group): Gender specific (males and females attend group separately). Empowerment group designed to provide support for victims/survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner abuse. The group is open to active duty, dependents, retirees, civilians, and contractors. Call 582-6604 to sign up and/or walk-ins are accepted