The Defense Department understands how important it is for military families to understand how to grow their families through foster care and adoption. Adoption agencies know that military families can provide adopted children with wonderful homes, and adoption can be a great way to start and grow your family. Military OneSource understands the adoption process can be a complicated journey and is here to assist with the guidance and information you need to make the process go more smoothly. Adoption consultations are also available to answer your questions during every stage of the process.

Here are the essentials about adoption, as well as some considerations unique to military life:

Know your adoption options.

Military families have five adoption options, including agency adoption, independent adoption, identified adoption (a blend of agency and independent adoption), open adoption (where there is communication between adoptive parents, the birth parents and the child) and intercountry adoption. You’ll want to know the ins and outs of each approach so you can think carefully about what kind of support you’ll need in the process. Military OneSource can help you get started.

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The high costs associated with adoption can deter some families from considering it as a viable option. Fortunately, there are resources available for military families to help you. From assistance with adoption expenses to tax credits and non-chargeable leave, you will be well supported with this major life decision.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Department has announced that applications for adoption reimbursement may be accepted past the two-year deadline. The exception to policy is effective immediately and will remain in effect through Feb. 28, 2022. View the policy details to find out if you qualify for the extension.

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Learn about overseas adoption.

Adoption can be more complicated when living overseas, but there are agencies and support groups to guide you. Many military families in the same situation successfully adopt every year. If the timing’s right for you to grow your family, living overseas won’t be an obstacle to adoption. We offer an overview of the process and suggestions for a successful adoption.

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Know what to expect in an adoption home study.

Adoption involves a lot of steps, one of which is the home study. It’s a standard part of the adoption process. Working closely with a social worker or counselor, a home study can take several months. Be patient. Understand that a thorough home study is in the best interest of you and the child you plan to welcome into your family. Here, you’ll find valuable information on what’s involved and tips for completing a successful home study.

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Still have questions? Military OneSource offers adoption specialty consultations so you don’t have to navigate the adoption process alone. Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647, set up a live chat or view OCONUS calling options to schedule your consultation and get answers to your adoption questions today.