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Factors Framework-Military: Supporting Home Visitors Working With Military Families and Their Young Children

For military-connected families, the values of personal strength and problem solving are pretty universal. To be seen as having difficulty handling personal and family issues is to be seen as being weak. Perhaps that is why having a strength-based approach in working with military families, as well as all families, is so important.

by Julia Yeary, Director of Training and Resources, Military Family Projects, ZERO TO THREE and Dorinda Williams, Director, Military Family Projects, ZERO TO THREE

Sergeant Hunter was referred to New Parent Support Program (NPSP) by the Sergeant Major, his supervisor. He was a new father, having just returned to his 2-month-old baby boy after a 7-month deployment overseas. This was a pretty common occurrence for NPSP, the Department of Defense home visiting program for families with young children, but it was the first for SGT Hunter. Lissa, the home visitor assigned to the Hunter family, could tell he was nervous as he let her into his home. His wife, Vanessa, was sitting in the living room holding their infant, Bradley, in her arms. SGT Hunter shared, “I don’t know why Sergeant major wanted me to see you. We’re fine. I don’t know what the issue is. We don’t have problems.”

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