Adoption is expensive. It is not uncommon for foreign adoptions to cost ten to twenty thousand dollars and even a step-parent adoption can cost several thousand dollars in legal fees. You cannot use lawyers from the military legal system for an adoption. The beginning of the process for some families may be creating a savings account to fund the adoption.

Military service members who adopt a child under 18 years of age may be reimbursed qualified adoption expenses up to $2000 per adoptive child (up to a total of $5000 if more than one child is adopted) per calendar year. In the case of a dual military couple, only one member may claim expenses for each adopted child. In a recent change of policy, military members adopting step-children are now eligible for reimbursement of expenses. Expenses incurred through the adoption of a service member’s children by a non-service connected step-parent do not qualify for reimbursement.

Claim for reimbursement is made by submitting a DD Form 2675 no later than one year after the adoption is final. The service member must be on active duty when filing for the reimbursement. You cannot get paid twice for the same expense by different programs. A separate form must be submitted for each child adopted. If you have questions as you are completing the form you can email the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) office in charge of reimbursement at

Click here to find out the qualifications for reimbursement.

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