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Support to Parents of CAF Members

Military Family Services (MFS) recognizes that parents feel a great loss when their children leave home for the first or even second time. They may be going off to join the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), one of the most amazing militaries in the world, but still many parents can’t help but feel a great loss. 

MFS and Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC) have already started to broaden our support services to the extended military family. The modern military family, after all, includes not just spouses and children, but their parents and other relatives of significance. 

We strongly encourage parents of single CAF members to self-identify themselves to local MFRCs in their catchment area. CAF is not allowed to share information collected on the Personal Emergency Notification form (next of kin form – which is often the parents) so there is no way for MFRCs to know who actually makes up this new population. CAF Recruits continually grows by about 5000 people every year.

It is important for parents, grandparents, and extended family of military members to support one another. It doesn’t matter whether a member is deployed, posted out of province, out of the country, or around the corner, every circumstance is different and requires this special population to band together. 

Here are some links to various resources and supports. There are several web links to assist and guide family members to local MFRCs, support systems, and other family members.

If at any time you wish to contact us you can do so through the Family Information Line at

  • 1-800-866-4546 (North America)
  • 00-800-771-17722 (Europe) 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. 
Information for Parents of New Recruits

Homecoming Tips

My Voice 
(Family Panel Facebook Page – Family Members can voice any concerns to directly MFS.

Support to Parents Facebook Page

A Family Guide to the Military Experience

Military 101 for Civilians 

Questions Frequently asked by Parents of Military Members 

Basic Up – recruitment videos