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The U.S. Department of State’s New Parent Guide (best viewed via OpenNet) provides information to assist Foreign Service employees and family members with pregnancy-related questions and issues. The guide includes information on payment for medical expenses, types of leave, obtaining a diplomatic passport and visa for the child, allowances and Per Diem, and other topics related to an obstetrical medevac.


Employees interested in adoption should consult the Foreign Affairs Handbook (FAH), 3 FAH- 3, Maternity, Surrogacy, and Adoption Handbook. Intercountry adoption information can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website. For additional assistance, contact the Family Liaison Office’s Support Services team at

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U.S. Department of State

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