Deployment can affect a whole family from parents to children. This is why the After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools program is currently looking for volunteers for participation in their research study.

Deployment can affect a whole family from parents to children. This is why the After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools program is currently looking for volunteers for participation in their research study.

The program’s goal is to strengthen family functioning and improve child outcomes in military families after deployment.

This is the first research-based parenting program developed specifically for deployed military families with school-aged children.

The program takes military culture and context into account, recognizing the need for parents to get back on the same page after deployment, to develop effective communication strategies with children about deployment, and to acknowledge how combat stress might influence their parenting and family life.

ADAPT provides parents with help identifying Family values and goals, gaining tools to strengthen relationships, developing united parenting throughout the deployment process, and giving them tools to help manage conflict in relationships.

ADAPT program contributes to helping with Soldier readiness. Spouses are eligible to participate in the program as well.

To meet the qualifications, you must be Active Duty Army on Fort Bragg, have a child between the ages of 5-12 years old, have experienced at least one deployment in the past five years, or two deployments in the past three years if you’re in Special Operations.

ADAPT provides parents with identifying family values, helping to develop united parenting throughout the deployment process, manage conflict and strengthening relationships. There are two phases ADAPT has for intervention that can take place either on the installation or nearby location.

During Phase one, a participant is randomly assigned to either complete on-line training or 2 (7 hours) workshops.

During Phase two, the participant will attend either three group sessions of 2 hours each or three one-on-one sessions 1.5 hours each.

Whether parents learn one-on-one or in-group settings, the ADAPT program will make adjustments by the needs of each family.

The ADAPT team is led by Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, Professor in the Department of Family Social Science and the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.

Participants can earn up to $520 in gift cards. For more information or to sign up, visit ADAPT.umn.edu or your installation POC, Cheryle, at 612-352-7974 or at cheineck@umn.edu.