Supporting Military-Connected Children

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Resources for Schools, Programs and Counselors

April is the month of the Military Child in the US. It a time when we reflect on the military-connected children’s sacrifices and contributions.

For teens growing up in the military and who had assignments overseas, Sea Change Mentoring helps them apply their special strengths to personal and career goals while developing strategies to face some of the challenges unique to them.

We want to take the time to share the resources that we go back to time and again. If you work with military children, we hope you will find this helpful.

  1. National Public Radio – WAMU documentary, “Military Children” 
    An excellent documentary series that reviews the strengths and challenges of the two million US military children around the world. Inspiring, at times heartbreaking, and insightful, the documentary adds a very human perspective to the topic.
  2. The Future of Children’s volume, Military Children and Families. 
    An invaluable resource for programs, researchers and policy makers, the edition was produced in partnership with the Military Children Education Coalition (http://www.militarychild.org/). Evidence and ideas on everything you would want to know about this community.
  3. Taking Care of Our Own: Lessons Learned About Engaging Military Families in Youth Mentoring by Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico and Carla Herrera 
    This report offers valuable findings from the Amachi Expansion for Military and Civilian Families (AEMCF) project, one of the first large-scale efforts to provide mentoring to military-connected children across multiple states. This report examines how AEMCF served these children and illuminates strategies for reaching and serving military-connected youth and their families more effectively.
  4. Service Children Support Network (SCSN) 
    This fantastic social enterprise in the UK has been a source of inspiration for us at Sea Change Mentoring for quite some time. SCSN provides resources, research, trainings and support to programs and schools that support military families.
  5. Zero to Three’s Military Family Projects
    Most of the American military children are under the age of 5. So what is out there for the little ones? We asked our friends over at Baby in Mind (http://www.babyinmindparenting.com/) and they enthusiastically shared this resource with us. Zero to Three has put together a great list of children’s books, apps, and other resources for military families with younger children.

2 Comments on “Supporting Military-Connected Children”

  1. I’d like to add two resources to your list:

    Military Brats: Legacies of Childhoods Inside the Fortress, a book by Mary Edwards Wertsch

    BRATS: Our Journey Home, a documentary by Donna Musil. You can read about the making of this documentary in the anthology, Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids.

    Thanks,
    NIna Sichel

  2. Thank you, Nina, for these recommendations! BRATS is a great one. (And we at Sea Change LOVE Writing Out of Limbo!)

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