FLAG VOICE 364
I am pleased to announce that on January 1, 2013,
Coast Guard Mutual
Assistance (CGMA) will add a new adoption grant program to their list of
services. The grant program will provide up to $1,000 per client for “home
study” expenses directly related to the legal adoption of a child, and will
be available to all CGMA clients. Clients will apply for the grant by
submitting an Application for Assistance (Form 5) to a CGMA representative,
in addition to a signed copy of the home study and proof of payment. Clients
will need to submit their application within 12 months of the home study
expense, and only home study costs incurred on or after January 1, 2013 will
be considered. Additional CGMA adoption grant program and application
information will be available under chapter 3-C-9 (Adoption Assistance) of
the CGMA manual.
This is just one example of the many ways in which CGMA continues to support and assist our Coast Guard family. Following the devastation of Hurricane SANDY, CGMA provided financial assistance to over seventy Coast Guard families affected. In total, almost $4 million in assistance has been provided this year to Coast Guard shipmates in need. The generous contributions made by our shipmates allow CGMA to directly support those members in need. I thank all of you for your continued support of this worthwhile program.
As a reminder, active duty members and reservists on active duty for at least 180 days may apply for the Adoption Reimbursement Program through the Office of Work-Life (CG-111). The Adoption Reimbursement Program is intended to subsidize the adoption of children under 18 years of age, up to $2,000 per adoptive child, but no more than $5,000 per calendar year. COMDTINST 1754.9B, the Reimbursement of Adoption Expenses Instruction, governs the Work-Life adoption program. This program for active duty and reserve members does not include reimbursement for the cost of a home study. That is why CGMA focused its support on the applicant family’s “home study” expenses.
Rear Admiral D. A. Neptun
D. A. NEPTUN
Rear Admiral, USCG
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 12/21/12