MacArthur’s Military Family Initiative Included in NDAA
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that his Adoption Leave for Military Families language has been included in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. This provision will allow couples serving in the military to take leave immediately following the adoption of a child, similar to the leave available after childbirth.
There are approximately 84,000 dual military couples in the United States, most of whom do not serve in the same locales. Some of these couples have chosen to adopt children into their families, but only one parent is currently allowed adoption leave. Congressman MacArthur’s provision would allow the second parent of a dual military couple the benefit of two weeks of adoption leave. This will allow both parents time to properly bond with their new family member. This will also bring adoption leave in line with the current fourteen day paternity leave period, which is allowed after the birth of a child.
“I have been blessed with both natural born and adopted children, and I know how important it is to have that period to bond,” said Congressman MacArthur. “Through adoption, couples come to understand that parenting is not about biological origins, but the profound relationship between a mother or father and their child. I want our military families to have this experience with a smooth transition. Our military families have already sacrificed so much, and I want to support them regardless of how they are building their family.”