Adoption resources for military families

Military families stationed overseas and within the US are not prohibited from adopting children from the US foster care system.

AdoptUSKids is working to help reduce barriers to adoption for military families. This includes providing free assistance to military families who are seeking to foster or adopt children from foster care and providing Wherever My Family Is: That’s Home! (1.8 MB PDF), a guide for professionals who are working with military families.

Families stationed within the United States

Families stationed within the United States can apply to foster and adopt according to the rules of the state where you're stationed. Find out more about state foster care and adoption information where you’re stationed and how to get started. You can also speak with an adoption specialist by contacting us toll-free at 888-200-4005 or

Families stationed overseas

Families stationed overseas can talk with a military adoption specialist by contacting us at 888-200-4005 or at There are also two agencies that can assist you with the adoption process (licensing service fees may apply).

Adoption reimbursement program

The US Department of Defense has an adoption reimbursement program for qualified military families. These reimbursements can cover medical expenses and other fees related to adopting a child under 18 years of age, but they do not cover travel.

Find out more about this program through the National Military Family Association or by contacting your personnel support unit.

Additional assistance for military families

Military OneSource offers specialized consultations for military families. This is a confidential peer-to-peer support service where families can speak to someone who has experienced adopting from foster care first-hand. To access this service, you may contact a peer consultant at Military OneSource, 800-342-9647