July 4, 2017 – Although the overall rate of child maltreatment is lower among military families compared to civilian families, rates of child maltreatment have risen faster among military families, particularly in the last decade.
Recognizing the need to support the most vulnerable military and veteran families in the state, Texas through the Department of Family and Protective Services – Prevention and Early Intervention Division (PEI) launched its pilot Military Families and Veterans Prevention Program (MVP) in 2016. The Child and Family Research Partnership is evaluating the effectiveness of the MVP program and determining how communities can best meet the unique needs of military and veteran families.
CFRP met with program providers during the study and garnered insights on the challenges of providing services to this special population:
For more on what CFRP learned from the program providers, see policy brief, Improving Family Services for Military and Veteran Families.