Multi-Component Family Support Network

Tuesday May 9, 2006

What is it? The Multi-Component Family Support Network (MCFSN) is a delivery concept that utilizes current Child and Youth Services' and Family Programs' resources to ensure all Soldiers and families receive what they need regardless of their component and geographical location. This will be accomplished in three ways:

- Train Active Army, Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve service providers on all authorized services and programs available to Soldiers and families.
- Market services to families through the "Purple Box" and the 10 Touch Personal Contact System. The "Purple Box" provides information about resources and services families need. The 10 Touch Personal Contact System targets families at critical stages during their military life cycle.
- Unify collaboration of military and civilian service providers through an Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee, and then meet on a quarterly basis to discuss programs, issues, and concerns facing military families in their area.

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

- The IMA Southeast Region implemented a state-based model, which focused on the collaboration of resources within state boundaries.
- The IMA Southwest Region implemented a regional approach, based upon area demographics.
- The IMA Northwest Region implemented a community-based model, which focused on the development of Inter-Service Family Assistance Committees to leverage both military and civilian resources.
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For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.

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