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These resources include DoD directives, instruction and guidance for new parents and adoption.

New Parent Support

DoD Directive 6400.1, "Family Advocacy Program," August 23, 2004 This Directive establishes the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and assigns responsibilities for working to prevent family violence from occurring, identifying victims of abuse, assessing families experiencing domestic and child abuse, and providing treatment to those families.

DoD Instruction 6400.05, "New Parent Support Program," June 13, 2012 This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the New Parent Support Program (NPSP), a standardized FAP secondary prevention program for parents who are at risk for engaging in child abuse. The NPSP uses an intensive, voluntary home visitation model, developed specifically for expectant parents and parents of children from birth to three years of age, to reduce the risk of child abuse.

DoD Instruction 1342.12, "Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents," April 11, 2005 This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures under 20 United States Code Chapter 33 (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) for the provision of early intervention services (EIS) to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families as well as special education and related services to children with disabilities entitled to receive special services from the Department of Defense.

 

Adoption

Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Management Regulation (FMR) 7000.14-R, Volume 7A, Appendix A, "Reimbursement of Adoption Expenses," August 2011 This Regulation describes the procedures necessary to reimburse adoption expenses to qualified members of the military.

Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1327.06, "Leave and Liberty Procedures," June 16, 2009, Incorporating Change 2, August 13, 2013 This Instruction establishes procedures for leave, liberty, and administrative absences for members of the military. Paragraph 6.11.8.9 states that administrative leave cannot be used following the birth or adoption of a child.

DoDI 1341.09, "DoD Adoption Reimbursement Policy," November 3, 2007, Incorporating Change 1, April 23, 2009 This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the reimbursement of qualifying adoption expenses incurred by members of the military.

Under Secretary of Defense Memorandum for Secretaries of the Military Departments, "Adoption Leave for Service Members Adopting Children," March 10, 2006 This Memorandum establishes procedures to implement law that authorizes up to twenty-one days on non-chargeable leave for Service members adopting a child on or after January 1, 2006.


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Domestic Violence Awareness Month infonet ad Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or DVAM, is observed each October to raise community awareness and highlight Department of Defense, or DoD, and civilian resources available to build healthy relationships, support victims and children, and promote offender accountability. The Family Advocacy Program, or FAP, is DoD's lead agency and part of the coordinated community response to domestic violence in the military. Check out this toolkit to learn more.


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