The foreign affairs community supports individuals and groups through a growing variety of online resources. These websites, listservs, and social media groups are increasingly managed by community members worldwide and form the baseline of the nongovernment and unofficial information resources. These sites provide a wide array of opinions and creative advice to issues and challenges that are common to the foreign service lifestyle.
Joining the groups may require being 'vouched for' by an existing member or, in some cases, membership dues to a nonprofit organization. To get started with a group, it is usually easiest to contact the owner or moderator by email. In some cases, groups may restrict their membership to specific audiences to foster participation and sense of community.
|Title||Site Address||Who can benefit from the site|
|LiveLines||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/livelines/info||General interest topics for foreign affairs community members|
|HomeFrontUS||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HomeFrontUS/info||Supporting family members of US Government employees who are serving on Unaccompanied Tours. Contact the Family Liaison Office for access at FLOAskUT@state.gov.|
|DS Agent Spouse Group||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dsspouse/info||A support/suggestion network for spouses/significant others of Diplomatic Security Special Agents.|
|DS Online Forum||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DSOnlineforum/info||The group is open to active duty, retired and former SAs, RSOs and SEOs.|
|FS Pet Owners||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FSPets/info||Foreign affairs community members who relocate with their pets.|
|Dept. of State Tandem Couples||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/statetandems/info||Tandem couples serving as employees with the Dept. of State|
|FS Transitions||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FSTransitions/info||For people going through a separation or divorce.|
|FS Gifted and Talented||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/fsgifted/info||Families with gifted and talented children.|
|FS Home Schooling||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/fshomeschool/info||Families who homeschool their children.|
|FS Parents||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FSparent/info||Parents with children living the Foreign Service lifestyle.|
|FS Special Education Needs||https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FSSpecialneeds/info||Created to bring together U.S. Foreign Service (FS) families to share information, stories and ideas about educating a child with special needs overseas while serving with the U.S. Government|
The wide variety of groups offers additional ways to connect with new and established friends. In most cases, the groups listed below require approval for membership. Application procedures are specific to each group.
How to find a group: While logged into a Facebook account, use the search function to find the link to any of the groups listed below.
AAFSW DCM and PO Spouses
AAFSW Global Connection
AAFSW Foreign Born Spouses
AAFSW Special Needs Families
AAFSW Boarding School Parents
EFMs Helping EFMs Find Employment
EFM Business Owners
EFM Freelance Writers and Editors
EFMs/FS Members Sharing Recipes/Cooking Skills
Foreign Service College Bound
Foreign Service Jewish Life
Foreign Service Tandem Couples
FS Borrow Barter Sell
Lawyers in the Foreign Service
Single in the Service
Single Parents in the Foreign Service
Foreign Service Community Blogs
Blog lists comprised of sites maintained by members of the foreign affairs community can be found at:
Other Expatriate Information sites
Additional location-specific websites can also be identified by using a search engine with keyword combinations that include terms such as: expat, [country name], resources for expats, expat websites.
Updated September 2015