The following resources address how to help families deal with the deployment process, including preparing for deployment, experiences of military children, and family reunification following a deployment.
Deployed Dads: Preparing Children to Cope With Separation (PDF - 258 KB)
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (2009)
Offers advice to fathers on strengthening emotional bonds with their children in order to prepare the children for the physical separation of military deployment. The factsheet also contains a list of online tools to help children cope and families stay connected during deployment.
Real Warriors Campaign
Designed to help military families prepare for deployment checklist and to help children cope parental separation.
Family Support During Deployment
Force Health Protection & Readiness Policy & Programs
Contains family support links for each of the services, as well as information for children, how to locate service members, and deployment entitlements.
I Say Hello; You Say Good-Bye: When Babies Are Born While Fathers Are Away
Williams & Rose
Zero to Three, 27(6), 2007
Discusses the impact of multiple stressors including deployment and reunification and the need for extended support systems, sensitive intervention, and opportunities to build on family strengths.
Life After Deployment: Military Families Share Reunion Stories and Advice
Shares the stories of military families who have reunited after a deployment, and provides resources on military family centers and support groups, parenting, stress and depression, and death and grief.
Provides training handbooks and guides as well facilitator's guides and handouts to assist soldiers, family members, and family program staff prepare families for deployment.
"Over There" Activity Book (PDF - 63 KB)
ZERO TO THREE
Supplies blank books for mothers or fathers to fill for children to read when the parent is deployed.
ZERO TO THREE
Presents seven downloadable parent flyers that emphasize the importance of supporting babies and toddlers during deployment and relocation.
Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes (PDF - 3,485 KB)
Sesame Workshop (2008)
Provides a bilingual multimedia outreach program that is designed to support military families with children between age 2 and 5 who are experiencing deployment, multiple deployments, or a parent's return home due to a combat-related injury. Materials, videos, and music may be downloaded from the site.
Views From the Home Front: The Experiences of Youth and Spouses From Military Families
Chandra, Lara-Cinisomo, Jaycox, Tanielian, Han, Burns, & Ruder (2011)
Addresses the well-being of youth in military families during and after parental deployment, with attention to their emotional, social, and academic functioning. It also examines the challenges that their nondeployed caregivers face.