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February 2007Vol. 8, No. 1Adoption for Military Families

The unique challenges faced by military families pursuing adoption, as well as the strengths of these families, are the focus of a new guide from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Wherever My Family Is: That's Home! Adoption Services for Military Families highlights adoption practices that can help to minimize the obstacles military families face when attempting to become foster or adoptive parents.

"Military families have many strengths, including flexibility and a strong sense of community, that make them good foster and adoptive parents," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Wade F. Horn, Ph.D. "I am confident that this new guide will help State agencies work effectively with military personnel to assure that all families who want to give a child a loving home can do so."

The easy-to-use guide is designed not only for social work practitioners, but also for military families considering adoption or foster parenting. It includes real stories of military families who have adopted children through the foster care system. The five-part guide covers:

  • Understanding the issues and setting the stage for effective foster and adoption services
  • Steps in the adoption process for military families
  • Interjurisdictional placement
  • Tools and handouts for practitioners to share with families
  • Helpful organizations, websites, and other resources

The guide was developed by the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids, a service of HHS's Children's Bureau. Copies of the guide may be obtained by calling AdoptUsKids at 888.200.4005 or can be downloaded from the website: (1550 KB)