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Adoption

Office of Work-Life Programs - Adoption Reimbursement (Coast Guard)
https://www.dcms.uscg.mil
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 - Veterans In Vitro Initiative (VIVA)
https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/ivf-fund-application/
The Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Veterans In Vitro InitiAtive, or “VIVA”, helps wounded veterans struggling with infertility to achieve their dream of growing their families by connecting them with resources and in many cases, providing financial support.


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.


Operation Baby Foundation
https://www.operationbaby.org/
The mission of Operation Baby Foundation is to help military couples diagnosed with medical infertility achieve their dreams of becoming parents.


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.