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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 reimbursing some adoption costs.

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DOD Adoption Reimbursement can reimburse you for qualifying adoption expenses for the adoption of a child under 18 years of age.

How to access this benefit

Complete the Defense Department Form 2675, Reimbursement Request for Adoption Expenses, and follow the instructions on the form to submit your completed form and supporting documentation to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for adjudication and processing.

Reimbursement must be requested no later than two years after an adoption is finalized. Refer to DOD Instruction 1341.09, “DOD Adoption Reimbursement Policy” for procedures and required documentation. Military OneSource offers free adoption specialty consultation.

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