14 U.S. Code § 514 - Reimbursement for adoption expenses
(a) Authorization To Reimburse.— The Secretary shall carry out a program under which a member of the Coast Guard may be reimbursed, as provided in this section, for qualifying adoption expenses incurred by the member in the adoption of a child under 18 years of age.
(b) Adoptions Covered.— An adoption for which expenses may be reimbursed under this section includes an adoption by a single person, an infant adoption, an intercountry adoption, and an adoption of a child with special needs (as defined in section 473(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 673 (c))).
(c) Benefits Paid After Adoption Is Final.— Benefits paid under this section in the case of an adoption may be paid only after the adoption is final.
(d) Treatment of Other Benefits.— A benefit may not be paid under this section for any expense paid to or for a member of the Coast Guard under any other adoption benefits program administered by the Federal Government or under any such program administered by a State or local government.
(1) Not more than $2,000 may be paid under this section to a member of the Coast Guard, or to two such members who are spouses of each other, for expenses incurred in the adoption of a child.
(g) Definitions.— In this section:
(1) The term “qualifying adoption expenses” means reasonable and necessary expenses that are directly related to the legal adoption of a child under 18 years of age, but only if such adoption is arranged by a qualified adoption agency. Such term does not include any expense incurred—
(2) The term “reasonable and necessary expenses” includes—
(A) public and private agency fees, including adoption fees charged by an agency in a foreign country;
(C) legal fees (including court costs) in connection with services that are unavailable to a member of the Coast Guard under section 1044 or 1044a of title 10; and
(3) The term “qualified adoption agency” means any of the following:
(A) A State or local government agency which has responsibility under State or local law for child placement through adoption.
(B) A nonprofit, voluntary adoption agency which is authorized by State or local law to place children for adoption.
Source(Added Pub. L. 102–190, div. A, title VI, § 651(b)(1),Dec. 5, 1991, 105 Stat. 1386; amended Pub. L. 102–484, div. A, title X, § 1054(g),Oct. 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 2503; Pub. L. 104–201, div. A, title VI, § 652(b),Sept. 23, 1996, 110 Stat. 2582.)
1996—Subsec. (g)(1). Pub. L. 104–201, § 652(b)(1), substituted “qualified adoption agency.” for “State or local government agency which has responsibility under State or local law for child placement through adoption or by a nonprofit, voluntary adoption agency which is authorized by State or local law to place children for adoption.”
Subsec. (g)(3). Pub. L. 104–201, § 652(b)(2), added par. (3).
1992—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102–484inserted a close parenthesis before period at end.
Section effective Dec. 5, 1991, and applicable to adoptions completed on or after that date, see section 651(c) ofPub. L. 102–190, set out as a note under section 1052 of Title 10, Armed Forces.
Reimbursement for Adoptions Completed During Interim Between Test and Permanent Program