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Encouraging Resilience in the Foreign Service Child (MQ500)

This evening seminar is a valued added resource for all parents in the foreign affairs community. Participants will hear from both parents of children who were raised overseas and the Third Culture Kids themselves. Discussions will address the characteristics of an internationally mobile childhood; influences on cultural identity; characteristics of families living overseas; and strategies for raising resilient children.

Participant Feedback:

"It was nice to hear my kids probably won't grow up to be miserable and depressed and regretful on everything I have done."

"I left feeling reassured that the kids will be fine (thanks to the panel) and I have a more concrete view of the challenges (pros and cons list) and perhaps what they need to handle the challenges (the ice breaker). Some toolkit tips from the panel were especially useful."


Course Dates and Times
21 October 2015      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
4 May 2016      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This is a non-tuition workshop.


Virtual Resource Table

The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.

Department of State Employee and Family Services

Foreign Affairs Community Resources

Learn More About Resilient Children in the Foreign Service

Learn More About Resilience

Personal Resilience Activities for You and Your Family

Recommend Reading

  • Ginsburg, Kenneth R with Jablow, Marth M. Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings. 2nd Ed. American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011.
  • Pollock, David. Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2009.
  • Seligman, Martin. The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience. Mariner Books, 2007.


The information provided is FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Department of State. Links to websites outside the U.S. federal government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names are for the convenience of the user and do not constitute an official endorsement or approval of any private sector website, product, service, or privacy policy.


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