Giving Birth or Adopting

Event: Qualifying Life Event?
Giving birth or adopting


Stateside:You have 90 days from your child's birth, adoption, or court appointment to register the child in DEERS and enroll the child or make any eligible enrollment changes.

Overseas: You must first register your child in DEERS within 120 days from your child's birth date or the date of adoption. Once you register them in DEERS, you then have 90 days to enroll in or change a TRICARE health plan. 

Planning for a child is a fun and exciting time in your life. While birth and adoption are QLEs, pregnancy is not. Learn more about your TRICARE coverage during pregnancy and after, and don't forget to enroll your child in DEERS.

In this section, you can learn more about:

Learn more about other Qualifying Life Events

Retiring Separating
Getting Married Moving
Getting Divorced Becoming Medicare Eligible
Going to College Child Becoming an Adult
Losing or Gaining Other Health Insurance Death in the Family
Moving When Deploying Injured on Active Duty
Activating Deactivating
Don't let your child lose TRICARE!

Register your child in DEERS, choose a TRICARE plan, and enroll (if required).  >>Learn More

Last Updated 6/12/2023