Multi-Component Family Support Network

What is it? The Multi-Component Family Support Network (MCFSN) utilizes current Child and Youth Services’ and Family Programs’ resources and services to ensure all Soldiers and their families receive the services they need, regardless of their active or reserve component status or their geographical location. This will be accomplished in three ways:

What has the Army done? The Multi-Component Family Support Network was initially developed by the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Army Reserve, and Installation Management Agency Family Programs staffs, based upon field visits conducted during 2004. In 2005, the pilots tested the delivery of family programs and services using four distinct approaches:

What was learned? The data from the pilot projects suggested that the MCFSN allowed providers, Soldiers and families a better understanding of services available and enhances networking between service providers of each component/service.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? During FY07, the focus will be to:

Why is this important to the Army? With quality of life one of the overarching aspects of today's Army, the Army is dedicated to the well-being of its Soldiers, families, and civilian workforce. Future objective of the Multi-Component Family Support Network is to involve all services' Family Programs and Child and Youth Services' resources. Leveraging these resources helps met the demands that today's military has on each service and their families.