United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Adoption Assistance

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General Information
Description of ServiceCoast 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:
  • Adoption fees,
  • Attorney fees,
  • Court costs,
  • 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.
Geographical AreaUnited States - includes all Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York
Intake ProcedureCall or contact your local Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Representative
Intake RequirementsAn 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.
Additional RequirementsIn 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.
Helpful TipsTo 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.
 
Client Information
Target PopulationMilitary/Veterans
GenderEither
EligibilityWith 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:
  • Active Duty Members
  • Retired Military Personnel
  • Civilian Employees
  • Reserve Members
  • Auxiliary Members
  • PHS Officers and Chaplains
  • CGMA Employees
  • Immediate Family Members
  • Surviving Family Members
 
Contact Information
 
Physical Site Address 1 4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 610
Physical Site Address 2 US Coast Guard Stop 7180
Physical Site City, State, Zip Arlington, VA 20598
Mail Attention To Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
Main Phone 703-872-6716
Hotline Phone 800-225-5324
Other Phone 202-282-8495
Service Location Email ARL-DG-CGMA@uscg.mil
Web Address www.cgmahq.org
 
 
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: United States Department of Homeland Security
Affiliated Program: United States Coast Guard
This Service: United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Adoption Assistance
 
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Adoption Expense Assistance (PH-0300.0375)
Armed Forces Civilian Auxiliaries (TM-0480)
Coast Guard Personnel (YN-0500.1500)
Eligible Benefits Applicants (YC-1800)
Military Reserves (YN-5000)
Retired Military (YN-7000)
Veterans (YN-9000)