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Adoption

Office of Work-Life Programs - Adoption Reimbursement (Coast Guard)
https://allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/11/29/national-adoption-month-adoption-reimbursements/
The Adoption Reimbursement Program is available to the following members of Team Coast Guard:
  • Active Duty Coast Guard
  • Coast Guard Reservists on active duty for at least 180 days

Note: All other member of Team Coast Guard, while not eligible for reimbursement, are encouraged to use the National Adoption Directory and other web sites provided below to assist them in obtaining adoption information. 

The Adoption Reimbursement Program is intended to subsidize the adoption of children under 18 years of age for members of the Coast Guard.


Military OneSource
www.militaryonesource.mil
Adoption can be rewarding for everyone involved. It can also raise a lot of questions. How do I get started? Does it cost a lot of money? What is the adoption process like? Whether you are just starting out or pursuing a kinship or stepparent adoption, Military OneSource can help. Call Military OneSource any time at 800-342-9647 to ask for an adoption consultation.


National Military Family Association
www.militaryfamily.org/your-benefits/adoption/
We receive many phone calls each month from military families who have questions about adoption. How do you start the process?...


Infertility

Bob Woodruff Foundation IVF Fund
https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/ivf-fund-application/
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) IVF Fund complements the efforts of multiple veteran-serving organizations that successfully advocated for legislation allowing the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to veterans who have lost the ability to conceive due to injuries incurred during service to our nation.

Since it will take time for the legislation to take effect, BWF will offer financial assistance to affected veterans to cover unreimbursed costs up to $5,000 associated with IVF treatments. The IVF Fund, supported by grants from Merck & Co., Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and EMD Serono, complements the “Serving Our Veterans” program established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). 


Fertility Lifelines - Compassionate Care Program
https://www.fertilitylifelines.com/en_US/home/fertility-treatment-cost-options/savings-for-military.html
The Compassionate Care Program provides eligible† patients savings based on income. Eligible active, veteran or retired US military receive a minimum of 25% off and might be eligible for additional savings up to 50% or 75% off the self-pay price of EMD Serono’s fertility medications.


Magarelli Fertility (Colorado)
https://magarellifertility.com/treatment-for-all/military-benefits/
Magarelli Fertility™ leads the charge to get military family’s direct referral to a Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist (RE&I). We are first in the nation to gain approval to allow doctors to go on base to refer soldiers for evaluation directly to see RE&I. Magarelli Fertility™ is one of only two programs in Colorado that is contracted to care for veterans with reproductive issues, including providing IVF coverage for those eligible. Magarelli Fertility™ is one of the leading affordable IVF centers, with fees that typically run half of what is charged by other IVF centers.

  • We have always provided a free sperm freeze for our active duty soldiers. In 2019 we have extended that to include a free semen analysis and three sperm freezes prior to deployment.
  • Most IED injuries impact the genitals of soldiers; a simple sperm freeze prior to deployment can allow for future fertility
  • Egg Freezing for our female soldiers is priced well below other programs in the United States


RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
http://www.resolve.org/support/infertility-and-the-military/
If you are in the military or your spouse is, you need to know what your options are for treatment for your infertility.



Books​ about military adoption

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resources
Many Thorns, Yet Still Roses: Breaking the Silence with Our Story of Sibling Group Adoption
Author:  Jessie Gallaher
Copyright @ 2018

“A must read for all parents,” and “A true testament of faith!”

There I was, in the middle of a crowd, realizing how alone I felt. Life after adopting a sibling group was heavy, and I didn’t know how to share the load. I’d failed to connect with outside friends and family in previous attempts, and was scared to try again. However, deep inside, I knew that fear should not be my deciding emotion. Fear wouldn’t be the reason I stayed quiet and alone. So, I focused on my hope for something better, instead.

I prayed a while, and heard God’s urge for me to open a window that allows others to see inside our trauma family. It felt clear that He would use our chaos and adventure to let others see how to better understand, relate to, and support the trauma families around them, so that no one in adoptive transitions should ever feel alone, especially in a crowd.

When my husband and children gave their blessing to share the excitement and devastation of our first year as an adoptive family, I felt affirmed. They all wanted something different for other children in similar circumstances, just as much as I wanted something different for other moms like me. As a family, we worked to recall every intense low and heartwarming high of our transitional year, and we invite you to both laugh and cry with us through our story. We don’t claim to be better or worse than any other family, but the context of our experience will bring light to a style of family that should no longer be feeling forgotten.