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Diplomacy in Action

Support for Families with Children


Having a loved one far away and outside of the daily circle of events of family life for an extended period of time is difficult, and it is an experience that is becoming more and more familiar for many who serve our country in the far corners of the world. The purpose of this site is to provide support to families who have been separated by unaccompanied tours. When one parent leaves the family for an extended period of time, children will need special attention. The Family Liaison Office Education and Youth home page covers a wide range of transition and education topics pertaining to Foreign Service youth.

The FLO Education and Youth Officer is availabe for personal consultations. Contact FLOAskEducation@state.gov or (202) 647-2314.

Programs for Children

Children's Handbooks - FLO has developed individualized, age-appropriate handbooks available for Department of State children who have a parent preparing for or serving on an Unaccompanied Tour. State Department Foreign Service (FS) and Civil Service (CS) employees on limited non-career appointments (LNAs) to the Foreign Service and assigned or detailed for 12 months or longer to one of the unaccompanied or partially unaccompanied posts who have children under the age of 18 may receive handbooks for their children.

The handbooks come with "starter supplies" in a personalized three-ring binder. Two CDs designed for parents (one for the parent assigned to the unaccompanied post and one for the parent/guardian staying with the children) will also be provided.

Please fill out the order form and email or FAX it to our office at FLOAskUT@state.gov / Fax: 202-647-1670

Medal and Certificate of Recognition: The Family Liaison Office is happy to honor requests at any time for recognition of children age 0-21 whose Department of State direct-hire parent is serving or has recently returned from service at Unaccompanied Posts. You must complete a separate form for each child 0-21 (if you have a child who turned 22 during your Unaccompanied Tour, please include him/her). To request a nomination form, click here for more information. 

FLO Publications

Other Resources provide activities for youth who are elementary age (Diplokids), middle school (Globetrotters), and high school (Around the World in a Lifetime - AWAL). The youth are also involved in community service events around the capitol area.

Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
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