Exceptional Family Member Program

The EFMP Orientation educates newly enrolled EFMP families on EFMP processes to include understanding medical and educational support services; assignment options; and available community support resources to support family members with special needs. This orientation also contains excellent information for EFMP Families who have been enrolled for any length of time!

Exceptional Family Member Program Orientation Video


Why Enroll in EFMP?

The Goal of this program is to establish, implement and maintain the Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support (community support) entity of the Air Force's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) in coordination with the Medical & Assignments components by enhancing the quality of life of special needs family members.

There are 99 EFMP-FS coordinators who provide full-time assistance to families at all major Air Force installations.  Some A&FRCs may have more than one coordinator.  EFMP-FS provides coordination of family support services on and off-base through family needs assessments to determine the needs and resources required for each family.  Below are some of the services offered:

  • Maintain in-depth information on local, state and federal resources for families
  • Develop Individualized Services Plans
  • Provide information, education and briefings to leadership and overall community in an effort to raise program awareness
  • Offer workshops, seminars and various support group and educational briefings for school personnel, base professionals and members/families
  • Market Air Force respite child care program where parents receive free child care to help reduce stress associated with caring for an EFM
  • Advocate for improved services for families 

Requirement to Enroll in EFMP

EFMP is a Department of Defense program offered by all branches of the military.  It is a mandatory enrollment program for all active duty Airmen who have a special needs family member. 

The program is comprised of three components: EFMP-Medical (EFMP-M), EFMP-Assignments (EFMP-A) and EFMP-Family Support (EFMP-FS) that work toward a common goal of providing comprehensive and coordinated support to families.  EFMP-M supports the EFMP through screening, enrollment and assignment coordination through the Family Member Travel Screening.  EFMP-A considers the medical and educational needs of the family when it has been determined that the required services are not available at the Airman’s current or projected assignment location.  EFMP-FS is based on Section 563(c) NDAA FY2010 (Public Law 111-84).  Support is provided by the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC), EFMP-FS coordinators to all DoD ID cardholders assigned to the installation or located in the community. 

Information and Referral 
Families with a special needs family member may receive information, referral, and support from the Airman and Family Readiness Center, 4 W. Castle St, 509-247-2246. Wheelchair access to the building is through the back door, closest to the rear parking lot   

Exceptional Family Member Resource Guide
Locally developed, this guide provides on-base, off-base, local and national resources and contacts for special needs families

Safety videos
Highlight how families can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. The focus of the videos includes fire and burn prevention, drowning, choking and falls prevention

Tricare Special Needs
Benefits, eligibility

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
Federally funded Parent Training and Information Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) 
Resources for parents, young adults, professionals, and educators

Parent Toolkit, Military Families and Students with Learning Disabilities
Guide to educate and empower parents, others to help military children who struggle in school

POSSIBILITIES: A Financial Resource Guide for EFMP Families 
Free 200+ page resource.  Created for parents with children under 18 years of age who have disabilities. Experts and parents worked together to make this comprehensive guide

Parent to Parent
Emphasizes emotional and informational support

Government Benefits
Location to sort through government benefits available

"Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities"

Social Security Online
Information on Social Security benefits for children with disabilities

Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

Ticket To Work 
Support for people with disabilities who want to work; 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TDD)


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