militaryIf you are hoping to adopt and are active duty military, there are adoption benefits specifically for you.  There is no need to wait to begin the process.  Even if your spouse is deployed or your family is stationed overseas, you can begin the journey to find the child meant for your family.


Military benefits for service members who adopt include:


$2,000 Reimbursement for Adoption Expenses

The reimbursement must be made by a service member who is active duty when filing for the reimbursement.  There are specific forms that are required that you can speak with your JAG officer about.  The reimbursement does not qualify for a step-parent adoption typically, unless special circumstances.


Up to 21 days of adoption leave to bond with your new baby or child

Depending on which branch of the service you are in, the leave available to you may have specific provisions.  Most service members are allowed to have up to 21 days of non-chargeable leave in addition to any regular leave time that may be available to you.  Often, when both spouses are active duty, only one may take the 21 day adoption leave.


Health care benefits available for the child prior to finalizing the adoption

Usually, the child placed in the home is eligible for health care and other benefits right away. Again, each branch of the military will have its own rules and information so it always pays to ask and prepare.


Learn more from the National Military Family Association on the benefits available to military personnel adopting, both internationally and domestically, as well as from foster placements.

If you’re thinking about building your family through adoption please apply to find out if Lifetime could be the answer you’re seeking.

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).

Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.

“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!

Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.

I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.

It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”

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