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Absence Support

Information and resources for friends and family members who are supporting military members away from home due to an absence.

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Is your military member away from home due to an absence (course, exercise, deployment, overseas, Imposed Restriction, etc.)? Register with us to receive work-related absence information on resources and services available to you and your family, get connected to the MFRC local to you and/or receive support in French.

Preparing for Deployment & Absence Resources

Ready for that upcoming deployment or work-related absence? We recommend that you go through the following resources before the departure date arrives.
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MFRC How to Send Morale Mail

Did you know you could send morale mail to your deployed military member for free? This service is available at the MFRC under the direction of the Fleet Mail Office. 
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Return and Reintegration Resources

Prepare for homecoming and beyond with these resources.
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Programming at the MFRC

Military Families Focus Group: Children and Youth with Support Needs

Are you a military family with a child or youth in your family that has support needs? If so, you have the opportunity to be heard and we can help!
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Stay & Play in the Park

Join us for a morning of fun interaction with your child at some great local playgrounds for free play, games and story time.

Fast Friends: Lantern Workshop

In partnership with The Maritime Museum of BC, this workshop for ages 8-15 will allow you to transform a simple mason jar into your own “sea lantern”.

Respite Child Care During Absences

Available at no cost when a military parent is deployed or away for work-related reasons for 21 consecutive days or more. 
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Supporting Children Through Absence

Help your child(ren) adjust to a parent being away on a deployment or work-related absence.
Ages 3-5 Years Ages 5-12 Years