Foreign Affairs Offices and Organizations
Department of State Offices
- FSI's Transition Center - The Transition Center is composed of the Overseas Briefing Center, the Career Transition Center, Training (Foreign Service Life Skills Training and Security Training), and the Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience (CEFAR).
Foreign Service Institute
-FSI Course Catalog - https://fsitraining.state.gov/Docs/FSI_Course_Catalog.pdf
-List of Field Offices - www.state.gov/m/ds/about/c8849.htm
- Family Liaison Office (Department of State) - Community Liaison Office (CLO) Program , Crisis Management Services, Education and Youth, Expeditious Naturalization Support, Family Member Employment, Post Evacuation, Special Needs and the Foreign Service Child, Unaccompanied Tours. www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo
- DoS Global Social Media Presence - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube, Blogs, Google+
- WorkLife4You (WL4Y) (formerly IQ: Information Quest) - For more than 25 years, people have trusted WL4Y for the information and resources they need to meet the challenges of their personal and professional lives while serving in the U.S. Foreign Service. WL4Y can help with eldercare issues, getting your legal paperwork together, balancing work and family responsibilities, addressing financial concerns, and much more. Whether you're facing a major life event (such as having a baby) or dealing with a day-to-day task (such as finding affordable pet care), WL4Y is a source for reliable, expert assistance. U.S. Department of State employees or their family members may contact the Overseas Briefing Center for logon information.
- Office of Allowances (Department of State) - develops and coordinates policies, regulations, standards, and procedures to administer the government-wide allowances and benefits program abroad under the Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR). http://aoprals.state.gov
- Office of Logistics Management (Department of State) - provides global logistics support for employees and family members. Travel and Relocation Management, It's Your Move - www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/rsrcs/pubs/77356.htm
- Office of Overseas Schools (Department of State) - Resources on Special Needs, Schools Worldwide, Teaching Overseas, and more. www.state.gov/m/a/os
Office of Medical Services (Department of State) - provides healthcare to U.S. government employees and their families who are assigned to U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. www.state.gov/m/med For the same population, the Office of Medical Services also provides free, confidential counseling by clinical socai lworkers through the Employee Consultation Service (ECS).
The Employee Consultation Service has a staff of psychiatric social workers. They offer consultation, evaluation, and referral services to families of U.S. government employees assigned to diplomatic posts abroad. Walk-ins are welcome, or you may schedule an appointment. ECS now has the capability in some worldwide places overseas and domestically to do counseling through video-teleconferencing (VTC). In order to ensure that your location is covered, please contact MEDECS@state.gov.
Child and Family Program - The Child and Family Program works with parents to assure children's mental health and special educational needs are identified, appropriately assessed and have an effective treatment and educational plan established in advance of and during overseas assignments. www.state.gov/documents/organization/237153.pdf
- Retirement Network (Department of State) - www.rnet.state.gov
Organizations and Groups
- AAFSW (Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide) - offers a local playgroup, French language group, foreign-born spouses group, morning coffees with special speakers, the Livelines e-mail group, a listing of Foreign Service Blogs, and more. www.aafsw.org
- ADST (Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training) - offers texts of its "country reader" oral history collections free of charge on its website. These collections bring together excerpts on individual countries from ADST's 1700 interviews of former diplomats. The full collection of diplomatic oral histories is available at the Library of Congress through a link at adst.org. The organization also has a publications program and supports diplomatic training. wwww.adst.org
- AFSA (American Foreign Service Association) - the professional association of the U.S. Foreign Service and the exclusive bargaining agent for all Foreign Service employees in the five foreign affairs agencies. The AFSA Member Guidance section of their websites offers basic information that may be of assistance, including an attorney's list. They also provide a listing of Foreign Service Blogs. www.afsa.org
- Foreign Service Yahoo Groups
- FSYF (Foreign Service Youth Foundation) - sponsors activities for Foreign Service kids ages 5 to 18. www.fsyf.org
- GLIFAA (Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies) - GLIFAA membership consists of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight employees of U.S. diplomatic agencies. www.glifaa.org
- Meridian International Center - promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. www.meridian.org
- Sister Cities International- non-profit citizen diplomacy network. www.sister-cities.org
- World Affairs Council - citizen think tank non-profit affiliate of the Foreign Policy Association, which also sponsors the Great Decisions Discussion Program. www.worldaffairsdc.org