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Veteran’s Day 2016: Supporting Military and Veteran Families in Texas

November 11, 2016military




Veteran’s Day is a special day to honor and thank our nation’s veterans for their service. The children and families of veterans and military are near and dear to our hearts here at CFRP. CFRP is working with the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to determine how best to serve military and veteran families.

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. PEI in response launched the Military Families and Veterans Prevention Program (MVP) to provide a range of support services to the three largest military communities in Texas. CFRP is evaluating the program’s effectiveness as well as determine how communities can best meet the unique needs of military and veteran families.

In our new policy brief, “Improving Family Services for Military and Veteran Families” (B.023.0916), we answer:

  • What do military and veteran families need?
  • What are challenges to serving military and veteran families?
  • What strategies do providers use to serve military and veteran families?
  • What are on-going program challenges that providers face?

Click for the full brief.


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New Award: Supporting Vulnerable Military Children and Families in Texas

February 12, 2016cfrp, child welfare, military

FAMILY SUPPORTS | Military Families

  • Grant: Supporting Vulnerable Military Children and Families in Texas
  • Sponsor: DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention

Active duty military and veterans face unique challenges and stressors, which determine what supports they need, especially in regards to child abuse and neglect. The state of Texas has the second highest active duty military population and the second highest number of veterans of any state in the country.

Under House Bill 19, the Texas 84th Legislature tasked the Texas Department of Family Protective Services to develop and implement a prevention program to support Texas military and veteran families in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect. CFRP will be assisting the department’s Prevention and Early Intervention division to determine the effectiveness of the efforts to serve these vulnerable military families. CFRP will study how the program communities are successfully supporting military families and the challenges they face.


New Report about Child Support Issues of Military Families

November 11, 2013child_support, military

heroes_smAlthough unmarried soldier and veteran parents are more likely than their civilian counterparts to have a formal child support and visitation order, they often face unique challenges caused by their military service that make it difficult for them to meet their parenting and child support obligations. Frequent changes in station, lengthy deployments, concomitant changes in pay, combat-related stress, and transitions to veteran status are fundamental elements of military service, but they can pose challenges for noncustodial parents to pay a fair amount of child support and to co-parent their children; and for custodial parents to receive adequate child support and share their children as agreed upon.

The challenges associated with military service are consequential to all parties involved, including the child support system, the military, and the families. In the end, it is the children and families for which these issues matter most. Children benefit from the financial and emotional commitment of both parents, and soldiers and veterans deserve special attention to help resolve the issues regarding their child support and parenting obligations that are often made more difficult due to their service to this country.

A new CFRP report, Child Support & the Military: Efforts to Help Our Heroes, provides an overview of the challenges military service may pose with regard to child support and parenting obligations, as well as a review of Texas and other states’ and federal efforts to address these important challenges. The report concludes with a summary of recommendations that the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), state legislatures, judiciary, state child support offices, and the military should consider to ensure that soldiers and veterans are well-served, military readiness is maintained, the burden on state child support systems is reduced, and children have the support they need.

Information in the report is drawn from a rigorous evaluation of the HEROES Project conducted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D.



May 16, 2013child_support, military

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) looks at multiple subgroups who may have unique challenges in regards to child support and focuses on one of these subgroups in their “Veterans in the Child Support Caseload” fact sheet. About 6% of the 10.7 million child support cases in the U.S. involve a veteran, and they also have higher rates of arrears than their civilian counterparts.

CFRP is particularly interested in the military population because we are currently evaluating a pilot program of the Family Initiatives Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General called Help Establishing Responsive Orders and Ensuring Support  (HEROES) for Children in Military Families.  This one-of-a-kind program provides responsive, specialized services to resolve the child support issues of active duty and veteran families.  HEROES is designed to provide enhanced, family-centered child support services with the objectives of increasing compliance with current child support obligations; ensuring accurate establishment of support orders, expediting review and adjustments of orders; preventing the accumulation of arrears; and supporting increased parenting cooperation.  The pilot program has now served more than 3,500 military and veteran families stationed or residing in Texas and is garnering the attention of the OCSE and other states.  CFRP’s final findings are due later this year.

Click to find out more information from the OCSE about child support and the military.