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Defense Department Adoption Reimbursement

Benefit overview

Service members on active duty, including reserve or National Guard members who are called to active duty for 180 or more consecutive days, may be eligible to request reimbursement for qualifying adoption expenses related to adoption of a child under 18 years of age. Federal law authorizes reimbursement for certain expenses associated with adoption to a maximum of $2,000 per child and not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year.

How this benefit helps

This benefit helps military families by helping to cover the costs associated with growing their families through adoption.

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Save money with DOD Adoption Reimbursement

The DOD Adoption Reimbursement policy can reimburse you for eligible expenses to help cover costs associated with a qualifying adoption.

How to access this benefit

Your installation personnel office will assist you with completing the Defense Department Form 2675, Reimbursement Request for Adoption Expenses, ensure your submission is complete and send the package to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for adjudication.

To qualify for the benefit, the adoption must be arranged by qualified adoption agencies or a source authorized under state or local law. The adoption must be finalized in a U.S. court. Service members must be serving on continuous active duty for at least 180 days and the adoption must be finalized while on active duty. In addition, the claim must be submitted while on active duty and within two years of the date that the adoption was finalized.

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