Adoption

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We receive many phone calls each month from military families who have questions about adoption. They want to share their home with a child who needs loving parents. They may be adopting a step-child, a child from foster care, a newborn, or traveling to a foreign country to adopt a child. The constants for all military families are the benefits for which they are eligible because of active duty military service. These include a reimbursement of certain expenses, eligibility for extra leave to complete the adoption, and access to military health care for the adopted child before the adoption is final.

Another constant can be the challenges unique to the military lifestyle. Which state should you complete the adoption in – the state you call your home of record or the state in which you are stationed? The adoption process might be interrupted by a deployment or a PCS move. Some state agencies may be reluctant to work with military families because of biased thinking that the military lifestyle may not be stable enough for the child. In this section we will provide resources that can help with those challenges.

You have decided to share your lives with a child. How do you start the process?

Getting Started

Reimbursement

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Health Care

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