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Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are service-specific policies that govern parenting programs in the military including the New Parent Support Program and adoption.

New Parent Support

Army

Army Regulation (AR) 608-1, "Army Community Service" March 13, 2013 This Regulation is a consolidation of standards for service delivery in the Army Community Service center.  Information pertaining to the Army Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is included in Chapter 4, Section II.

AR 608-18, "The Army Family Advocacy Program," October 30, 2007, Rapid Action Revision (RAR) Issue Date: September 13, 2011 This Regulation contains the policies for handling child and spouse abuse within the Army. The New Parent Support Program is outlined in Chapter 3.

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Order (MCO) P1050.3J, "Regulations for Leave, Liberty, and Administrative Absence," May 19, 2009 This Order updates regulations and policies on leave, liberty, and administrative absence. Paragraphs 5003 and 5004 have information regarding permissive leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

Marine Corps Order (MCO) P1700.24B, "Personal Services Manual," December 27, 2001 This Order contains policies for Personal Services Programs which reside within Marine Corps Community Services. The Programs support commanders' efforts in the prevention and resolution of problems that detract from mission readiness and enhance the quality of life for the military community.

Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 1752.3B, "Family Advocacy Program," November 10, 2005 This Instruction assigns responsibilities for the Navy and Marine Corps FAPs.

SECNAVINST 1754.1B, "Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Program," November 5, 2007 This Instruction provides policy and assigns responsibilities for the implementation of Navy and Marine Corps Family Support Programs and key functions to include FAP.

Navy

SECNAVINST 1752.3B, "Family Advocacy Program," November 10, 2005 This Instruction assigns responsibilities for the Navy and Marine Corps FAPs.

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction (OPNAVINST) 1752.2B," Family Advocacy Program," April 25, 2008 This Instruction implements the policies set forth in SECNAVINST 1752.3B and in DODD 6400.1.

SECNAVINST 1754.1B, "Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Program" November 5, 2007 This Instruction provides policy and assigns responsibilities for the implementation of Navy and Marine Corps Family Support Programs and key functions to include FAP.

OPNAVINST 1754.1B, "Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Program," November 5, 2007 This Instruction establishes Navy policy and assigns responsibilities for the administration and support of the Navy FFSC Program which includes FAP.

Air Force

Air Force Policy Directive 40-3, "Family Advocacy Program," December 6, 2011 This Directive establishes the framework for the Air Force FAP. This revision incorporates the New Parent Support Program into the Air Force FAP. Changes also clarify FAP's focus on intervention with families to prevent or stop family maltreatment.

Air Force Instruction (AFI) 40-301, "Family Advocacy," November 30, 2009 This Instruction describes the responsibilities of FAP agencies and staff and other Air Force personnel who are instrumental to the implementation and operation of Air Force FAP. Chapter 3 addresses prevention programs within FAP to include New Parent Support.

Coast Guard

Commandant Instruction (COMDTINST) 1750.7C, "Coast Guard Family Advocacy Program," June 27, 2006 This Instruction provides policy and procedures for FAP in the Coast Guard to include child maltreatment prevention services.

Adoption

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Order (MCO) P1050.3J, "Regulations for Leave, Liberty, and Administrative Absence," May 19, 2009 This Order updates regulations and policies on leave, liberty, and administrative absence. Paragraphs 5003 and 5004 have information regarding permissive leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

Marine Administrative Message (MARADMIN) 0076/09, "Advance Notice of Forthcoming Changes to MCOP1050.3H Regulations for Leave, Liberty, and Administrative Absence," February 6, 2009 This MARADMIN provides advance notice of changes in Marine Corps policy relevant to Marines adopting a child.

MCO 5000.12E, "Marine Corps Policy Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood," December 8, 2004 This Order provides policy and procedures for pregnant Marines and Navy personnel assigned to Marine units, Marines considering the adoption of an infant or child, and single Marine parents. Paragraph 16(a) allows commanding officers to provide up to ten days of permissive temporary additional duty (TAD) for any Marines adopting a child, depending on the unit's mission and specific operational circumstances.

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAVINST) 1754.4, "Navy Adoption Reimbursement Policy," December 22, 2005 This Instruction prescribes procedures for reimbursing members of the Navy for the expenses associated with child adoption.

OPNAVINST 6000.1C, "Navy Guidelines Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood," June 14, 2007 This Instruction revises Naval guidance concerning pregnant personnel assigned to Navy units and addresses parenthood issues to include the adoption of an infant or child. Paragraph 202(b) allows the commanding officer to authorize up to twenty-one days of permissive temporary additional duty (TEMADD) for any service member adopting a child, depending on the unit's mission and specific operational circumstances

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAVINST) 1000.10A, "Department of the Navy (DON) Policy on Parenthood and Pregnancy," September 9, 2005 This Instruction provides policy for all military personnel related to parenthood and pregnancy to ensure equality of opportunity while maintaining operational readiness.

Navy

OPNAVINST 1754.4, "Navy Adoption Reimbursement Policy," December 22, 2005 This Instruction prescribes procedures for reimbursing members of the Navy for the expenses associated with the adoption of a child.

OPNAVINST 6000.1C, "Navy Guidelines Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood," June 14, 2007 This Instruction revises Naval guidance concerning pregnant personnel assigned to Navy units and addresses parenthood issues to include the adoption of an infant or child. Paragraph 202(b) allows the commanding officer to authorize up to twenty-one days of permissive temporary additional duty (TEMADD) for any service member adopting a child, depending on the unit's mission and specific operational circumstances

SECNAVNST 1000.10A, "Department of the Navy (DON) Policy on Parenthood and Pregnancy," September 9, 2005 This Instruction provides policy for all military personnel related to parenthood and pregnancy to ensure equality of opportunity while maintaining operational readiness.

Air Force

Air Force Instruction (AFI)36-2609, "Marriage in Overseas Commands," August 11, 1998, Certified Current February 17, 2009 This Instruction provides information and policy guidance to commanders on the marriage of personnel stationed in or visiting overseas commands, and on applications for immigration of alien spouses, fiancés or fiancées, children, stepchildren, and adopted children.

Coast Guard

Commandant Instruction (COMDTINST) 1754.9B, "Reimbursement of Adoption Expenses," June 6, 2012 This Instruction outlines the policy and procedures for the reimbursement of adoption expenses to Coast Guard members and applies to the adoption of children under the age of eighteen.

COMDINST 5400.20A, "Operating Procedures for Work-Life Staffs," December 13, 2004 This Instruction establishes policy and procedures for the operation of the Work-Life staffs assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters, the Headquarters Support Command, and the regional Integrated Support Commands (ISC). This Instruction also details the duties, responsibilities, and authority of the Family Resource Specialist (FRS), which includes providing information and referral services regarding adoption reimbursement.


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