ISSUE 10

Family and child advocacy

The Secretary of Defense is required by law to coordinate with civilian child welfare to obtain information of allegations of child abuse and neglect involving children in military families.

The Department of Defense, in accordance with Section 1787 of Title 10, United States Code, established the Family Advocacy Program to address prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect involving children in military families.

Current data reflect that 70 percent of active-duty military families reside in the civilian community.

Best Practices

Best practices for this issue are under development.

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