Many young families who have a Servicemember receive a number of support items from their loved one’s service in the United States Military. They enjoy a mix of pay incentives, bonuses, regular pay and allotments, which are generous and help make serving in the Military worthwhile. One of the lesser-known benefits available to Servicemembers is in the area of Adoption support.
If you are in the Active Duty military, and you are thinking of adopting a child, or if you have adopted a child in the last few years, then the Defense Department program which supports Adoptive families may just be the program you need.
Funds available for adoptive families can be up to $2,000 dollars for each adoption. These funds have been available for some time now, but many families do not know of them or are not aware of their existence. There are some qualifying factors, but if you meet the qualifications then you may be eligible for funds under the program. Factors, which are involved in possibly qualifying, include:
-The adoptive child must be eighteen years of age or younger.
-The adoption must be completed by an approved adoption agency or approved source.
-You have to have served on active duty for a continuous period of 180 days or longer.
-The adoption must be finalized.
-The application has to be submitted within one year of the adoption finalization.
-The Servicemember has to still be on active duty service when the program is applied for.
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The funding for DoD adoption reimbursement was approved by Congress, and is available for families up to $5,000 dollars a year. This means you can apply and be granted reimbursement for more than one adoption, up to the limits provided for by law, which is the $5,000 dollar limit.
This is a helpful source of support for a young family who has added to their ranks by adoption. As a young parent, it is a good idea to keep copies of all bills, expenditures, and other money that is spent. These types of receipts are necessary to prove that money was laid out and to show what you would like support on for reimbursement by the government. Different types of adoption expenses include: placement fees, transportation costs, dental and medical expenses for the child, clothing, agency fees, and other fees and bills. The best source of documentation is receipts with a signature or canceled checks.