Are you or your spouse in the military? According to the National Military Family Association (NMFA) website, military families have several adoption benefits. The information below is provided on their website.
For more information, please see the NMFA's Adoption Benefits page.
Adoption is expensive. It is not uncommon for foreign adoptions to cost ten to twenty thousand dollars and even a step-parent adoption can cost several thousand dollars in legal fees. You cannot use lawyers from the military legal system for this process. The beginning of the process for some families may be creating a savings account to fund the adoption.
Military service members who adopt a child under 18 years of age may be reimbursed qualified adoption expenses up to $2000 per adoptive child (up to a total of $5000 if more than one child is adopted) per calendar year. In the case of a dual military couple, only one member may claim expenses for each adopted child. In a recent change of policy, military members adopting step-children are now eligible for reimbursement of expenses. Expenses incurred through the adoption of a service member’s children by a non-service connected step-parent do not qualify for reimbursement.
Click here to find out the qualifications for reimbursement.
Source: National Military Family Association. "Reimbursement." <http://www.militaryfamily.org/your-benefits/adoption/reimbursement/> (Accessed 6/11/2012).