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.

Learn how Military OneSource provides support and resources for all parts of the adoption or foster care 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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