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Can I adopt a child as a military family member?

If you are in a military family, you may be concerned that you can’t adopt. That’s not true, though, and there are special regulations that make sure you can still adopt. You’re not prohibited from doing so, whether you want to adopt or foster a child.

Bringing a child into your family can have a major impact. You may have always wanted to have a child but were unable to, or maybe you simply decided to add to your own growing family. Whatever the reason is, it’s important that you know that you have the same rights as any other potential adoptive parent in the United States, and your service record doesn’t need to hold you back from having the family you want.

If you are stationed within the United States, you can foster or adopt a child by following the rules of the state you’re in. If you are overseas, then you can speak with military adoption specialists to find out more about agencies that can work with you abroad. There are two main agencies, which are called Adopt Abroad and Voice for International Development and Adoption. Both are trained to assist you, but you may want to have your attorney on hand to verify paperwork and contracts.

For military families, you’re in a special position where the United States government will reimburse you for adopting a child in certain circumstances. The reimbursements can be used to pay for medical expenses for the child along with adoption fees. You, however, will have to pay for your own travel.

Source: Adopt Us Kids, “Adoption Resources for Military Families,” accessed Oct. 01, 2015

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