AFAS program Gives Parents a Break
By Meghan Berg, Airman and Family Readiness Center
/ Published October 16, 2008
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The Air Force Aid Society recognizes that Air Force families are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life -- deployments, remote tours of duty, extended working hours, etc.
Families are often separated from spouses as well as from extended family members who might otherwise offer support.
In an effort to help these families, the AFAS, in cooperation with the Air Force child care community, has agreed to provide funding for child care under our "Give Parents a Break" program. The purpose of this program is to offer eligible parents a few hours break from the stresses of parenting. Active duty Air Force families may use this time to suit their personal needs.
AFAS will pay the cost of having the base Child Development Center open once a month for families referred to the program. Depending on the needs of the base community, the center could open, for example, one Friday evening, or one Saturday or Sunday morning or afternoon every month.
The Osan Child Development and Youth Programs currently support the "Give Parents a Break" Program by offering care on the third Friday of every month from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Families will not be charged for the care.
Active-duty Air Force families eligible for the "Give Parents a Break" program would include the following: a parent who is feeling stress due to- the military member being deployed or TDY away from Osan, having a child with special needs, an emergency situation, such as illness of a family member, the family recently moving to the Osan, and unique circumstances or hardships.
To be eligible for the program, families must be referred by one of the following base officials: squadron commander/first sergeant, chaplain, doctor or other medical professional, family advocacy personnel, child development center personnel, Airman and Family Readiness Center and the military family life consultant.
As of Oct. 1, the above base officials are not eligible to sign a referral certificate for a relative. However, they are eligible to obtain a referral from one of the other base officials or their commander.
Additionally, a new Give Parents a Break referral certificate was issued Oct. 1.
The previous certificate will be honored for the Oct. 17 event. However, the new certificate will be required to use the program for the upcoming months.
A referral certificate must be issued and signed by the person making the referral. All previous versions of the certificate cannot be accepted after the October Give Parents a Break night, so if you feel you might be eligible for this program, see one of the listed helping officials for a copy of the certificate.