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Veterans & Military Resources

Adoption and the Military

The Department of Defense (DoD) has stated that family support is critical for service members. It supports service members who decide to adopt children and tries hard to support families during the adoption process.

Family Care Plan

What is a Family Care Plan?
It is a way to make sure that your family is taken care of while you are gone. You may be gone because you are deployed, on temporary duty, or due to other military obligations.

The plan is made up of your written instructions and legal documents.  This plan will help with a smooth change of responsibilities to your chosen caregiver when you have to leave for a short or long period of time.

Hague Convention (Civil Aspects of Child Abduction)

The Hague Abduction Convention is a written agreement between several countries, including the United States, to help return children who have been abducted and taken to another country.

Power of Attorney-Military

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal way to have a person act on your behalf. The POA gives someone else the right to act on your behalf on matters that you list in the POA.

Living Will

A living will is an advance directive document. In some states, a living will may also be called a health care declaration or health care directive. It is an "advance" document because you state your wishes concerning medical treatment ahead of time. It is a "directive" because it allows you to choose medical treatments instead of family members or the hospital.

A living will can provide critical information to your treating physician at a time when you may be unable to communicate your wishes.