Many military families adopt children. While they primarily go through the same process as civilian families, they may face unique circumstances due to frequent or sudden moves and overseas deployments. Find adoption resources to help your family navigate procedures common to all prospective adoptive parents as well as some that are specific to military families
Adoption for Military Families
American Bar Association Adoption Network Law Center
Explains the benefits and opportunities for military families seeking to adopt and provides information regarding adoption costs, reimbursements, military health care, and other various resources.
Adoption - The Essentials
Provides resources for military personnel and their families on a variety of topics, such as eligibility, consultations, and adoption options.
Adoption Resources for Military Families
Presents resources for military families stationed overseas and within the United States, including the U.S. Department of Defense adoption reimbursement program.
Considering Military Adoption? Eight Things Service Families Should Know
Lists eight things military families may encounter when adopting a child, including living overseas, travel issues, adoption assistance, and health insurance.
Family Building Challenges for Military Families: Adoption, IVF, & Fostering
Creating a Family (2021)
Discusses challenges faced when building a family through adoption, foster care, or in vitro fertilization (IVF) while in the military in a podcast conversation with the co-founders of the Military Family Building Coalition, Katy Bell Hendrickson, and Ellen Gustafson.
Local Adoption Requirements for U.S. Citizens Abroad
U.S. Department of State
Provides information for U.S. citizens living abroad in another Hague Adoption Convention country who plan to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country about legal requirements that may be necessary.
NMFA Adoption Information
National Military Family Association
Provides information to military families regarding their rights, benefits, and services available to them concerning adoption. This organization promotes and protects the interests of military families by influencing the development and implementation of legislation and policies affecting them.
U.S. Department of Defense Adoption Reimbursement Program
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Describes the permanent adoption reimbursement program for active-duty members of military services.