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Posted: August 17, 2018 9:27 a.m.
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ACS Behind the Scenes: Christa King

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NPSP lead, Christa King, has more than 18 years experience as a nurse, military veteran and former military spouse.

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Walking into Army Community Service, building 82, there is a feeling of being surrounded by warmth and cordial reception. At no point during your time in building 82, which hosts the Family Advocacy Program, will you feel anything less than welcomed. This is not a place where you will feel like a burden. 

Christa King, the New Parent Support Program lead, is the type of person who creates a pleasant atmosphere. She has been a nurse for more than 18 years;  has served in the military and supported her husband during his time in the military.   

King understands the stressors of active service and being a military spouse. She is  someone you will want to dialogue with.  She can guide you and educate you about available resources. 

The NPSP is dedicated to serving both expectant parents  and parents with children up to 36-months-old.  Single and teenage parents are welcomed as well.   Fathers are encouraged to use the program if it applies to them and utilize all the offered resources. 

The NPSP is filled with trained, licensed and experienced social workers and nurses who provide in-home visits and classes that aim to provide skills to cope with any form of stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions and the daily challenges that all parents face. 

King stresses the NPSP is meant to reduce stress and create confident parents.  It provides a better understanding of children’s actions.  It helps improve communication skills  between family members. NPSP can help create an environment to ease many aspects of parenting. 

 King said the program is not a social work program.  She said enrolled in voluntary, noting parents can opt out when they desire -- prior to their child reaching the age limit. 

She said conversations, which occur in the presence of nurses, are private. 

The parent can determine scheduling and who is able to accompany the nurses’ during in-home visits. 

It is important to note, each of the members of New Parent Support are legally required to report any observed or suspected abuse. 

King states that when she sees the parent using some of the knowledge taught to them, she finds it to be extremely rewarding. 

To enroll in the NPSP, call 767-2882 or visit the Family Advocacy Program in buiding 82 and request for a New Parent Support home advisor. Referrals can be made with your Primary Care Manager or medical provider. 


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