The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Human Resources’ Pregnancy Guide 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. Inter-country 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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