Family Readiness

Our Joint Family Assistance Team works cohesively to bring the resources and services to our Service members and their Families. Our Staff of specialists assists in building a strong foundation for the 6 Steps in our National Family Program. We focus on In Processing, Welcome Brief, Training, Pre-Deployment, Deployment, Reunion and Reintegration.

Our Strengths

Our Senior Leadership has embraced and empowered their Family Program with the tools necessary to enhance the Quality of Life for our Delaware National Guard Members and their Families. Their personal commitment to providing the best of resources and services makes our Guard a step above others. The State Family Program is directly accountable to The Adjutant General.

Our Government, Community and Non Profit Network is far reaching and also committed to  supporting and enhancing life for our military ,especially during a deployment. Our Delaware Joining Forces continues to build relationships, working towards eliminating weaknesses and challenges that our Service Members face in the Guard and Reserve.

Our Members and Families are our most valuable asset. We are here to serve you.

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It’s About Family – and being “Ready”

What is the purpose of a Family Readiness Group (FRG)?

Family Readiness is a Commanders Program CNGB1800.02 and AFI 36-3009 and establishes the responsibilities for Family Readiness from the Service Member thru the Chain of Command to the State Family Program Director ,and ultimately the TAG.

At a minimum level a Family Readiness Group Leader and Secretary/Treasurer would establish a communication network (email, snail mail, Phone Tree) to manage the communication and any activities the Unit would like to become involved in.

Family Readiness is the level of awareness Families and their Guard Members have in preparation for that call to state or federal active duty. Whether your Guardsman is attending a military school, providing state or local disaster relief, or defending freedom, our Family Readiness Program is invaluable in providing the concentrated military support that is critical throughout the deployment cycle.

Want to know how you can join your Family Readiness Group?

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Youth Services


The Child and Youth Program (CYP) is an integral component of the National Guard’s comprehensive approach to Family Readiness. By upholding the well-being of the entire family, the CYP offers outcome based activities designed to foster positive youth development and support the unique strengths and challenges of National Guard children. This high quality, out-of-school time program exists in 54 States, Territories and the District of Columbia to mitigate risky behaviors, enhance resilience, develop positive coping strategies, and assist our National Guard youth in reaching their full potential as the next generation of leaders.

Age-appropriate activities and support services are offered in four service delivery areas:

  • Art, Recreation & Leisure
  • Sports, Fitness & Health
  • Life Skills, Citizenship, Character Development & Leadership
  • Academic Support, Career Development, Mentoring & Intervention

Mission Statement

To promote and sustain the quality of life and resilience of NG children and youth by providing secure, timely, flexible, high-quality support services and enrichment programs.


The CYP is available to school age dependents, ages 6 to 18 years, of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, regardless of deployment status (including traditional drilling Guardsmen), Survivors, and Active Component Soldiers and Airmen geographically-separated from installation-based program support. While child care type services are not offered within the core program, resources for assistance are available.

State Program:

  • Delaware Teen Council and Leadership Program
  • State Youth Symposium
  • Youth Development Programming
  • Local joined opportunities for Youth Leadership Development and Youth Camps
  • Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Support
For more information on the Delaware National Guard CYP, please contact the Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator.

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Department Phone
Family Program Advisory Council 302-326-7001
State Family Program Director 302-326-7788
State Family Program Director Mobile 302-379-5793
Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager 302-323-3327
Family Assistance Center Coordinator – Central/North 302-326-7268
Regional Volunteer 302-326-7079
Family Readiness Assistant (Support) 302-326-7094
Family Assistance Specialist 302-326-7548
State Youth Coordinator 302-741-7518
State Family Program Director 302-741-7788
166th Wing Family Coordinator 302-323-3327