How Do I Adopt in the Military?

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Active duty military personnel often wonder if adoption is a viable option for them when they are starting to build their family and thanks to the help of federal, state and military tax credits, the overall cost of adoption has become a more attainable option for families who serve in the U.S. Military and wish to adopt.

Adopting while in the military can be similar in many aspects than adopting as a civilian - one of the first steps you'll need to take is to research your options and discover which option is the right one for you and your family. Adoption comes in many shapes and sizes, including domestic infant adoption, international adoption and waiting child adoption. The costs involved in each of these types of adoption vary dramatically, from no cost to as much as $60,000 and more.

Once you?ve established your budget for expenses related to adoption, it?s time to start researching what the laws and guidelines are for your specific location as well as your Home of Record, if you intend to adopt using your HoR laws. Talk to your base or post Judge Advocate General for more information on how to find out what is required in your area.

Check out these helpful resources for more information on adopting in the military:

Military HOMEFRONT
Website: www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil

The Military HOMEFRONT web portal is a central, trusted, and up-to-date source for service members and their families to obtain information about all Department of Defense Quality of Life programs and services. The Troops & Families section of this website offers information and resources about children, teens, and parenting.

Military OneSource
Phone: 1.800.342.9647
Website: www.militaryonesource.com

Military OneSource is an online, phone, and face-to-face resource for military personnel and their families. The Children & Youth section of this website offers general resources on parenting as well as a section on adoption.

National Military Family Association (NMFA)
2500 North Van Dorn Street, Suite 102
Alexandria, VA 22302-1601
Phone: 703.931.6632
Fax: 703.931.4600
Website: www.nmfa.org
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