United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Adoption Assistance
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Description of Service
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) helps families who are adopting a child. CGMA offers both loans and grants for this purpose.
A CGMA Adoption Loan may be provided to eligible CGMA clients who are incurring expenses related to the legal adoption of a child when they do not have all of the funds necessary to proceed with the adoption process.
A CGMA Adoption Grant may be provided to eligible CGMA clients to assist with the cost of the home study directly related to the adoption.
Clients may be eligible to receive both a grant and a loan.
Adoption Loan: Qualified adoption expenses are those reasonable and necessary expenses directly related to, and for the principal purpose of, the legal adoption of an eligible child and may include:
Required home inspection cost,
Travel expenses (including meals and lodging) while away from home,
Re-adoption expenses relating to the adoption of a foreign child.
Adoption Grant: For expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2012, the CGMA Adoption Grant program may provide a grant for the home study expense directly related to the legal adoption of a child.
Call or contact your local Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Representative
An application for assistance must be completed for each request for assistance. The CGMA Application for Assistance (CGMA Form 5) has been established as the primary document to request assistance from CGMA. This form will be used to request most types of assistance, except as noted below.
In addition to the application form, in most cases a CGMA Budget Form must also be completed. Additional supporting documentation will normally be required when applying for assistance. Applicants are encouraged to review "Applying for Assistance" for additional information.
To insure uniformity of treatment and fairness to all clients, certain limitations have been established where assistance is not normally permitted.
CGMA funds will not normally be provided for long-term, continuing or frequent use of assistance for Unauthorized Items listed at website.
With only a few exceptions, almost everyone associated with the U.S. Coast Guard is eligible to request assistance from Coast Guard Mutual Assistance on behalf of themselves or their immediate family members.Eligibility under special circumstances may apply in certain situations. Additional eligibility limitations and guidelines specific to each type of assistance may also apply. Eligibility to receive assistance for themselves or on behalf of their immediate family members is generally extended to, U.S. Coast Guard: