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ACS extends helping hand to families going through deployment

By Ashley Clanton | SPECIAL TO THE POST | May 08, 2014

Army Community Service is the local family service center at Fort Riley. ACS provides programs and services to assist Soldiers and family members in developing and maintaining skills to meet the demands of being a Soldier or military family. The center is open to active duty Soldiers and families of all branches of service. Reserve components and their family members, retirees and Department of Defense civilians also can participate in ACS certain programs and services.

Services at ACS include the Financial Readiness Program, Family Substance Abuse Program, Army Emergency Relief, Employment Readiness Program, Relocation Readiness, Army Family Team Building, Information and Referral Program, Community Life Program, Exceptional Family Member Program, New Parent Support Program, Family Advocacy Program, community outreach and more.

“ACS sets aside a small amount of money for a severe crisis when a family is in need,” said Toiane Taylor, FAP manager.

The purpose of FAP is to prevent spouse and child abuse and neglect, and to provide intervention in cases where abuse has already occurred within military families.

One example Taylor gave was a mother leaving her family after battling an addiction problem and leaving the father to care for the children in a way he hadn’t experienced before. Assistance from FAP helped the Soldier stabilize his family and begin their new lives.

ACS also can help military families access WIC, a nutrition education and supplemental food program that serves pregnant, post postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children, up to 5 years old. WIC helps promote healthy outcomes of pregnancy and gives children a head start on good health. Registered dietitians and certified breastfeeding educators are on staff to serve military families.

ACS extends its services even further by offering emotional support to Soldiers and their families. ACS can help put a Soldier’s mind at ease while he or she is away, ensuring the Soldier’s family is being taken care of at home. ACS also helps Soldiers and families work through the stages of emotion involved in deployment. After redeployment, ACS can help families re-adapt to life with their Soldier.

For more information about ACS services, call 785-239-9435 or visit ACS at 7264 Normandy Drive on Custer Hill.
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