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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Supports Military Families

March 17, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that he has introduced the Adoption Leave for Military Families Act, to 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. The Adoption Leave for Military Families Act 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.”

“Military families, particularly those in which both parents have chosen to serve, are already making a tremendous sacrifice for our nation, and I applaud any service members who are willing to generously share their lives with a deserving child. The first few weeks of an adoption are a crucial time, both for bonding and also for helping a child to acclimate and feel comfortable, and this bill would help provide a smoother transition for all involved,” said Congressman Jim Langevin, a senior member of HASC and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. “There are so many children in this country who are waiting for their forever home, and we must support all families that are willing to provide that safe, loving environment.”