Military Family Services, a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, works to ensure that the Canadian military family community is well supported in order for military families to lead positive and nurturing family lives comparable to other Canadian families while supporting the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Military Family Services manages two distinct programs - Children's Education Management and the Military Family Services Program - on behalf of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. Military Family Services develops policies and standards, invests financial resources, offers professional guidance, and makes available performance measurement tools to promote and sustain the excellence, relevance and accountability of both Programs.
CHILDREN'S EDUCATION MANAGEMENT
Children's Education Management manages the education compensation and benefits programs and allowances, and oversees the educational programs offered in the Department of National Defence's dependants' schools overseas. Guidance counselling services are also offered to better support the education requirements of children as they move from province to province, or out of country and back, which help to ensure that children of military families are supported during family transitions.
MILITARY FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM
The Military Family Services Program (MFSP) promotes and facilitates community-based services and programs to enhance the well-being of military families. As such, Military Family Services invests in front-line services for families through Military Family Resource Centres, which are located on bases, wings and units across Canada. Military Family Resource Centres are family governed, federally funded, provincially or federally incorporated, not-for-profit organizations with charitable status. In the United States and in Europe, Military Family Services employs staff who offer a host of services and outreach to families who are posted outside of Canada.
In addition to services and support available locally at Military Family Resource Centres, Military Family Services also connects military families nationally to services and support through the Family Information Line and www.FamilyForce.ca. The Family Information Line is a bilingual toll-free service at 1-800866-4546 that provides supportive counselling and useful information to military families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Another access point to services is through www.FamilyForce.ca, a website for and about military families that connects families with their local Military Family Resource Centre in Canada, and Military Family Services staff in the United States and in Europe, and other available services and resources.
Your Voice Matters!
The Military Family Panel Process was set up to hear from as many families as possible to improve services, tailor programs and advise senior leadership about the issues that matter most to families. This is your opportunity to keep the Canadian Armed Forces leadership and policy makers informed on how military service is affecting your family.
Kudos, our online magazine about partnerships features collaborations with national, provincial and local organizations in their attempts to address the many challenges that military families face.
- Parameters for Practice
- Guidance documents, plans and guidelines
- Annual reports
- Military Family Services research
- Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis (DGMPRA) studies
- Other independant research
- Military Family Services headquarters
- Military Family Services Europe
- Military Family Services United-States
- Children's Education Management
- Family Information Line