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Can a military family adopt?

Military families in Virginia may face many challenges due to the nature of military life. If you are looking into adopting a child, you may wonder if it will even be possible. The good news is that military families can adopt just the same as any other family. However, you will have some situations that require special handling. 

According to the Children's Bureau, the basic process of adoption is the same for military families as it is for non-military families. The main differences occur when you are deployed or stationed in a foreign country. You should always begin by working with a Military OneSource consultant. This person can help you navigate the process and work through any challenges.

If you or your spouse is deployed, you can still adopt, but you need to stay on top of deadlines and ensure documentation is handled on time. In addition, the home visit and interview are mandatory, so the service member must be present. This may require making special requests or planning ahead to have deployment deferred. It is also essential the deployed person has a mailing address where contact can be made. A power of attorney may be needed so the spouse at home can handle much of the paperwork. 

When it comes to the laws, they are going to be the same for you as for a non-military family. Do note, though, if you are stationed in a foreign country, you are bound by its adoption laws. You may also still have to comply with the U.S. adoption laws. One main challenge you will face is getting any personal documents you need, so plan ahead to avoid delays in getting items such as social security cards and birth certificates. This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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