Military families stationed overseas and within the U.S. can adopt children from the U.S. foster care system.
Adoption advocates are working to reduce barriers to adoption for military families. This includes free assistance to military families who are seeking to foster or adopt children from foster care. Kids To Love has also developed free resources for child welfare agencies on best practices for working with military families.
If you are stationed in the U.S., you can apply to foster or adopt through the state you are stationed in. Redstone Arsenal would adhere to Alabama’s rules.
If you are active military you can actually be reimbursed through the U.S. Department of Defense for adopting. This applies to qualified families. The reimbursement can be used to cover medical expenses and other fees related to adopting a child under 18, but cannot be used for travel.
Stateside, if you are interested in adopting or fostering a child, please visit Kidstolove.org.
Families stationed overseas can request information at Military-Global@adoptuskids.org. There are also three agencies that can assist you with the adoption process (licensing service fees may apply):