Here are a few resources from our social workers and counsellors that might be of benefit to you and your family.
You need to plan ahead for the unexpected.
If something happened to an at-home family member during a deployment, you need to have a workable emergency family plan.
Download a PDF version of the plan.
The Family Care Plan is here to help you plan for life challenges.Think about your family. What would you do if there was a car accident, unexpected illness or death, or if your house suffered damage due to flood or fire? Take an active role in helping your family prepare for the unexpected.
The Family Care Plan is not a legally binding contract, but rather an exchange of information between your family and the Commanding Officer. All Regular Force and Primary Reserve members are responsible for having a Family Care Plan in place for deployments and emergencies. When developing your Family Care Plan, it is important to consider all possible scenarios including emergency call-outs, domestic and international operational deployment, training and short-term duty requirements. It is the responsibility of all military members to fill out a Family Care Plan and return it to their unit.
If you require help to develop your family care plan, contact the Esquimalt MFRC for assistance.
Military families experience many changes in their lives from relocations to deployments to the transition out of the military. The Transitions book will help you to learn how to effectively work through those changes. The book includes many experiences from military family members and the steps they took to minimize the impact of those changes.
When you and your family depart from the military it may be difficult. Relying on your civilian community for health care, employment and other services will be key to a successful transition. The Veteran Family Program serves the member as well as your family, offering tools in support of your successful transition to civilian life.
The Veteran Family Journal was designed to be your working journal. As a tool, it contains checklists, information, resources and open spaces to keep track of your unique priorities as you transition from the Canadian Armed Forces into a civilian community.