Military Family Foundations for Guard and Reserve

The Family Foundations program for Reserve and National Guard families is based on Mark Feinberg’s original Family Foundations program and created to meet the needs specific to National Guard and Reserve Service members. With the help of Jesse Boring, this adaptation is an online, interactive program that military families can access from their homes. A study of this program is underway, and we are looking for participants (compensation is available).

Please see below for more information about Family Foundations.

Our Core Values:

Evidence

We develop educational and support materials for families with a commitment to making sure they work. This is what sets us apart from most other developers of products and services for families: We are committed to an evidence-based approach. This means that we rely on research studies to indicate whether or not programs are actually helpful. Just as you want to know that the medicine your doctor prescribes has been tested and found effective, we also think that health-promoting programs should be supported by rigorous research.

Safety

Some educational and support programs that have been widely distributed were actually later found to be harmful to children or families. Because we have conducted research on Family Foundations before offering it to the public, you can be sure that the program does not cause harm. And because our results have been published in high quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals, you can be confident that the program produces the benefits we describe.

Flexibility

Our philosophy in developing materials is that you are the expert on what works best for you and your family. We provide enough flexibility within the materials and exercises so that you can bring your wisdom and values to the experience and develop a path that will work for your family. We provide tools and information based on research with families and children. But it is up to you to adapt these tools for your own family's needs and values.

What is the future for Family Foundations?

We are currently enrolling participants for a study of the program adapted for Reserve and Guard families. We are also working on expanding Family Foundations with colleagues around the country to create versions for teen parents, adoptive parents, gay/lesbian parents, parents of special needs children, and others. We’re working on creative ways to utilize technology to deliver the information and tools. And we hope to extend Family Foundations soon to help you support your child into the Terrible Two’s and beyond.