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For more than 20 years, November has been designated as National Adoption Month to help raise awareness for thousands of youth in foster care who are waiting to be adopted into permanent families.
In the past, military families faced challenges with adoption. Today, organizations such as Military One Source, provide substantial support to military families in the adoption process.
This year, for the third year-in-row, the Children’s Bureau stresses the importance of teen adoption, with a theme titled “Teens Need Families, No Matter What.”
Teens are less likely to be adopted due to their age and the high probability of aging-out of the system, according to the bureau.
There are benefits that military families who are considering adoption need to look into. The following steps are recommended by Military OneSource:
For prospective military parents, the following are five adoption options that can be found on the Military OneSource website:
Different options for adopting provide many paths to welcoming your child. You should think carefully about what kind of support you will need in the adoption process. Call Military OneSource (1-800-342-9647 or for international toll-free dialing options visit http://www.militaryonesource.mil) to schedule an adoption specialty consultation to find out more about your options and the support available to you.
This article was shared with permission by the 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
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