This old family photo taken on July 1, 2016, shows U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Weber and his family, including the six children the couple adopted from Ukraine. Weber is currently the logistics department head stationed at the Maritime Force Protection Unit in Bangor, Wash. Photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Weber.

National Adoption Month – Adoption Reimbursements

While November is National Adoption Month, the important messages of National Adoption Month resonate throughout the year. Here’s how the Coast Guard can help members with adoption.


National Adoption Month 2016: Supporting Older Youth Adoption

November is National Adoption Month, an initiative uniting partnerships between federal, state and local agencies. There are thousands of older youth currently in foster care waiting for adoption. It has become an annual tradition to highlight some remarkable Coast Guard families who have opened their hearts and homes to adopt a child or in several instances, multiple children. All of these families took advantage of the resources and benefits available to Coast Guard members interested in adoption. Read the post to learn more about National Adoption Month and the benefits available to military members who adopt.


Coast Guard Family Month: Our family is our strength

November will focus on Coast Guard families as there are three national observances recognized this month; National Military Family Month, National Adoption Month, and Native American Heritage Month. Additionally, it is the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving recognized towards the end of the month. In recognition of these observances and the upcoming holiday, we are dedicating November to our families. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Steve Cantrell, and his wife Janet, ombudsman-at-large, kick off the first post of the series. Stay tuned for more blogs this month about who is a part of the larger Coast Guard family and how the service takes care of Coast Guard families.


Paratus Report

Paratus Report, Episode 14

The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! This month is dedicated to Coast Guard families. Ombudsman-at-Large, Mrs. Janet Cantrell, discusses the importance of the ombudsman program and other resources available to help support our Coast Guard families. There are numerous benefits and programs available to our Coast Guard families, like the Adoption Reimbursement Program, Spouse Employment Program, Child Care Program, and Special Needs Program, just to name a few. You will also learn how to make a delicious dessert for your Thanksgiving meal – it’s all on this episode of the Paratus Report!


National Adoption Month: Know the military family benefits

The Coast Guard has several programs that support families interested in adoption.