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Returning Home


Copeland, Anne (Ph.D.) and Bennett, Georgia, Understanding American Schools: The Answers to Newcomers Most Frequently Asked Question, The Interchange Institute, Brookline, Massachusetts, 2001.  This book guides newcomers to the United States, or those who have been abroad for a long time, about the challenges of understanding the U.S. school system. Foreign born spouses might find this book especially helpful.

Eakin, Kay Branaman, Bouncing Back. Family Liaison Office, Department of State, Washington, D.C., 2013. This book addresses the challenges faced by children returning "home" from another country and discusses their transitional and reentry needs. It can be accessed at:

Smith, Carolyn, Strangers at Home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land. Aletheia Publications, Putnam, New York. The editor of this book is a Foreign Service spouse who understands well the full implications of the internationally nomadic lifestyle. The compilations of essays by others who have been through it offer many insights, as well as practical suggestions for helping children especially teenagers - to adjust.


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