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Special Needs Program

A Special Need that would necessitate mandatory enrollment in the Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program is defined as any long term professionally documented medical, physical, psychological mental or educational disability. For additional information on the Special Needs Program refer to the following: Special Needs Program Instruction, COMDTINST 1754.7a, the Special Needs brochure and the DOD Special Needs Smart BookClick here for information on Special Needs during transfer season.  Special Needs Forms available here

USCG Family Child Care Certification and Community State Licensing Procedures

Spouses residing in government owned or leased housing can become certified to care for up to six children in their home. The Family Child Care program is another means of meeting the childcare needs of the Coast Guard Community. The certification process involves a home health and safety inspection conducted by the Family Resource Specialist. For additional information on the FCC program, refer to the following:  Child Development Services Manual, COMDTINST M1754.15, Chapter 5.  To obtain an application packet and a listing of Coast Guard Certified Family Child Care providers, you may contact the Family Resource Specialist, May Chao-Higginbotham at (206) 217-6786 or email.

Child Care Subsidy Benefit Program Information

The United States Coast Guard (CG) and General Services Administration (GSA) have partnered to provide affordable child care for Coast Guard members.  More information and applications can be downloaded from the USCG Child Care Benefit Program document.  Click here for Child Care Subsidy Policy Changes dated 11 January 2007.  For additional information and forms, go to

Child Care Listing for the Seattle Area

Here is a listing of the child care facilities and general information about each one. Please remember that this list is dated so all the facilities and approximate amounts for hourly and daily charges may have changed since this list was last updated. Child Care Listing for Seattle Area.

USCG Adoption Reimbursement Program

The Adoption Reimbursement Program provides reimbursement for adoption expense to eligible Coast Guard Members. The amount of reimbursable expenses payable to a Coast Guard member is up to $2000.00 per child (the maximum reimbursement to one member is $5000.00 in any calendar year). The adoption of stepchildren or others who are considered the Coast Guard member’s dependents for the purpose of receiving military benefits, does not qualify for reimbursement under this program. To obtain an Adoption Information Packet you may contact The Family Resource Specialist, May Chao-Higginbotham at (206) 217-6786 or emailClick here for more information.

USCG Elder Care Resource

The Elder Care Resource is able to provide assistance to individuals meeting the challenge of caring for today’s aging population. The good news about caring for elders is the availability of full range through the National Aging Network. Through the National Aging Network each state has an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) organization that coordinates the eldercare services that are needed. The Coast Guard strives to balance work and family life by providing information, resources and referrals to these services. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for more information.

USCG Scholarships

Are you seeking monies for college education? If so then check out what the U.S. Coast Guard has to offer to qualified dependents:
 The Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship Program. Deadline for scholarship packet submission to HQ is 1 April annually. In addition to the Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships there are many other scholarships that are available to dependents of Active Duty members. Click here for more information and forms.

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