Parent & Family

Developing and maintaining family resilience, with the numerous changes military service members and military family members encounter, requires ongoing assessment of family dynamics. Marine and Family Programs offers a number of services to help families as they grow.

Common Parenting & Family Issues:

New pregnancy
Prenatal care
The basics of parenting
Deployment of a spouse or loved one
Parenting difficulties
Communications with your partner

Talk to a Counselor: 252-466-3264

Programs for Parent & Family

New Parent Support Program (NPSP) 252-466-3651

Being a parent is a tough job. The New Parent Support Program offers support and education for expectant parents and parents of children through age 5, regardless of whether this is the couple’s first child. NPSP offers professionally staffed home visits and the following classes: Belly Basics, The Birth Experience, Baby Boot Camp and Infant Massage.

Home Visits

Would you like one-on-one time in the comfort of your own home to address some of your parenting questions? Is your spouse deployed and you’re feeling overwhelmed? Professional home visitors are available to assist with any of your parenting needs including the transition of your newborn into your home, discipline issues, safety, potty training, couple issues and any other concerns that parents of young children often have. Whether this is your first child, or you have several children, each stage for individuals and the entire family group brings many changes. Utilizing several evidence-based programs, Home Visitors can assist you as you look at your personal parenting inventory and family circumstances to decide what topics interest you and you can learn more about.

The Family Advocacy Program (FAP)

The Family Advocacy Program provides preventions, education, assessments and treatment on many topics. Our mission is to support Marine Corps readiness through prevention and early intervention. The program addresses family violence issues through a Coordinated Community Response to promote safe family relationships and the emotional health of Marines and their families. We all want to be as healthy emotionally as we are physically. We can all use a bit of help from time to time. FAP is here to provide that help. Prevention and education topics include: Combat Stress, Stress and Anger Management, Family Violence and Personal Relationships.

Victim Advocacy Program (VA) 252-671-0377

The Victim Advocacy Program provides support services to victims of abuse. If you have been the victim of domestic abuse or sexual assault, you are not alone. Our Victim Advocates are here for you when you need them. Victim Advocates will assist in developing a personalized safety plan and help you make the choice that is right for you. We advocate for your right and wishes as well as provide emotional support and crisis intervention. We can work as a liaison with commands and provide court and medical accompaniment. We can also offer military and community referrals and assist you with accessing these resources.


Groups & Classes

Category Group/Class Description Date/Time
Parent & Family
The Birth Experience Learn about the anatomy and physiology of labor and birth. Relaxation techniques and comfort measure are taught to mothers and “coaches”. This class covers interventions, birth plans and what to expect from a newborn so everyone is prepared for the birth. 2 day class meets 8:30am-3pm. Call 252-466-3651 to register.
Belly Basics What to expect when you are expecting! See how your baby grows month by month, learn about nutrition, weight gain and pregnancy discomforts. Have your questions answered while you mingle with other expecting moms. 1 day, every other month from 8:30am-noon. Call 252-466-3651 to register.
Baby Boot Camp Dad and Mom learn how to make a smooth transition into parenthood. This is a hands on experience for parents who are pregnant or have new arrivals. Class covers information from birth to 1 year. 1 ½ day class meets 08:30-15:30 & 08:30-12pm. Call 252-466-3651 to register.