Military life is not a barrier to growing your family through adoption and foster care. However, there are some aspects of adoption and foster care that are unique to military life. A Military OneSource adoption consultant can help you navigate the process.

Military OneSource adoption specialty consultants offer information to help families:

  • Understand the different types of adoptions and the type of adoption the family is seeking
  • Begin the family’s unique adoption process
  • Provide basic information on the general process of adoption, including home studies, length of time an adoption takes and costs associated with adoption
  • Locate military-related financial assistance
  • Identify agencies that can help you with your specific adoption needs, including information and referral
  • Begin the process of foster care or adoption, including information and referral to state or county licensed agencies, the Department of Child and Family Services, and/or the Department of Human Services
  • Understand state-specific adoption and foster care requirements
  • Provide information on adoption and foster care agencies and support groups, and general adoption and foster care literature

Military adoption benefits:

Thanks to the Defense Department Adoption Reimbursement Policy, eligible service members can request reimbursement up to $2,000 per child or a maximum of $5,000 per calendar year for qualifying adoption expenses.


Active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their families are eligible for free, confidential adoption consultations designed to assist families with their adoption and foster care questions.

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