Exceptional Family Member Program
Serving ALL MILITARY FAMILIES with Special Needs
Phone: (813) 828-0122 DSN: 458-0122
Mon-Wed; Fri: 8:00AM - 4:00PM  Thursday 11:00-4:00
Closed Holidays & AFMC Family Days

Understanding EFMP: 
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to active duty personnel and their family members. The program is designed to assist active duty personnel during the assignment process by identifying an Exceptional Family Members (EFM) having special physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual needs. Assignment coordination ensures families are assigned to areas where access to necessary resources will be readily available.

Components of EFMP
The EFMP supports military families with special medical and educational needs. The program has three components:
· EFMP-Medical: Identification and Enrollment
· EFMP-Assignment: Assignment Consideration/Coordination
· EFMP-Family Support: Community Resource/Referral/Relocation Information

Enrollment in EFMP is the key to readiness.
Family members with special medical or educational needs, including a spouse, child or a dependent adult, should enroll in the program. This includes family members who require special medical services for a chronic condition or those family members receiving ongoing services from a medical specialist, having significant behavioral health concerns, receiving early intervention or special education services through an individualized education program or individualized family service plan.

Enrollment in the EFMP ensures a family member's documented medical and educational needs are considered during the assignment process. It also allows families to receive the support and assistance they need to navigate medical and educational systems. EFMP enrollment forms


Who is eligible for Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care? Airmen are eligible if:

  • The family is enrolled in the USAF EFMP
  • The EFM children, ages birth through 18 years, are diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs
  • The sibling, ages birth through 12 years  
  • The EFM child(ren) and siblings must reside with the Airman 
  • The Airman is stationed at one of the above listed Air Force locations
  • The Airman is active duty, including Air Guard and Reserve, if activated for at least 31 days
  • Families or interested providers call Child Care Aware® of America toll-free at 1-800-424-2246 

                       US Air Force Respite Care

Child Care Aware® of America will connect the Airman's family to the local participating agency. The agency will work individually with each family to complete the necessary application and assist with connecting the family to a local respite child care provider who will meet their needs. Child Care Aware® of America will send the family the following form to complete and return:  US Air Force Respite Care Verification Form

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