Veterans and Their Families


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CFF staff have been involved in research and planning activities that are focused on the children of veterans no longer on active duty who have been affected by their parents' deployment. The background statement here  describes the rationale for CFF's role in this area. 



Interagency Collaboration for Veterans and Military Families  - Collaborating at the Local Level to Serve Veterans 3.2.16 ver.pdf

VetCon Presentation 2016: Serving Children and Families in your VTC  - Temporarily Removed

Veterans Treatment Court and Family / Children Services - Veterans Treatment Courts and Family Services with pictures_jp.pdf




2014 VetCon Presentation located here: You Can Do It- We Can Help: Three Steps to Building a Family-Based VTC 

OCVMFC General Meeting on Interagency Collaboration for Veterans and Military Families Presentation located here: OCVMFC General Meeting

You can find our webinar series on this subject located here: Veterans and Their Families Webinar Series


Team Background

CFF has been involved in the VMF area for some time, drawing upon the personal experience of its staff1 and the overlap between veterans’ needs and its role in providing technical assistance and evaluation services to state and local collaborative teams working across child welfare, treatment agencies, and the courts. As the contractor operating the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, CFF works with more than 100 sites, including several in states and localities that are significantly affected by VMF issues. Family drug courts, which CFF support through Department of Justice funding, overlap with veterans’ treatment courts in at least twelve sites. CFF has been a member of the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative (OCVMFC) since its formation in 2011, providing assistance in developing an inventory and screening tools to improve identification of veterans’ family services needs.

Responding to the Needs of Children of Veterans December 2012 meeting

A group of agencies and organizations concerned with veterans assembled on December 13, 2012, in Washington D.C. to review approaches to responding to the needs of children of veterans. The discussion reviewed the prevalence of child maltreatment, trauma effects, and substance abuse among veterans and their children. Senior VA officials, representatives of veteran-serving organizations such as the National Military Family Association, America's Promise, and policy research organizations such as RAND, Zero to Three, and Children and Family Futures attended. Included in the meeting materials was a background paper that describes some of the issues addressed in the meeting.  The background paper is attached here.

Responding to the Needs of Children of Veterans April 2013 meeting

The 2nd meeting on Responding to the Needs of Children of Veterans is being held April 17, 2013 in Washington DC. This meeting will convene those that attended the December 2012 meeting as well as new representatives from interested agencies. Click here for the meeting agenda.

Additional meeting materials include:

Veterans and Military Families Distinction

Military families is a term that can encompass the families of separated veterans as well as those on active duty, in the National Guard, and in the Reserve. But the children of veterans are far less visible than those living in families whose parents are on active duty, because the children of veterans are not eligible for most of the services provided to military families. And services that respond directly to the significant needs of veterans' children are rare.

Veterans Treatment Court Resources

CFF Services for Veterans and their Family

Veteran Court and Veterans Service Evaluation Resources

Health Care and Children of Veterans

  • Covered OC - This is a presentation to the Affordable Care Act agency in Orange County, California, explaining why children of veterans should be a high-priority group for outreach and enrollment under Affordable Care Act programs.

1The team working on these issues includes two former veterans and an active member of the California State Military Reserve.