Transition to Washington, DC

MAKING THE TRANSITION
Read helpful strategies for making the transition including resources for teens and children, English language learning for foreign-born spouses/partners and Transition Center related courses.

TRANSPORTATION
Get prepared for your transition by learning about transportation in the area. Find DC Area Field Offices, Public Transportation Providers, Transit Subsidy Program, Metro Tips, Real Time Traffic Reports,  HOV = High Occupancy Vehicle rules, Parking, Getting a Local Driver's License, and Titling a Vehicle.

CHILDCARE, SCHOOLS, SUMMER CAMPS
Childcare at the Department of State and other resources are listed here, as well as links to area schools, a great site for searching summer camp possibilities, and information about WorkLife4You.. Read more.

TRANSITION CENTER TRAINING
The Transition Center Training Division (TC/T) offers several courses to help with transition and international moves. 

HOME SERVICE TRANSFER ALLOWANCE
If returning from an overseas assignment to the United States, eligibility for the Home Service Transfer Allowance.

LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR ELIGIBLE FAMILY MEMBERS
Language training for Eligible Family Members

HEALTH AND MEDICAL
Returning to DC and need to find a doctor or dentist? 

  • Consumers Checkbook ranks local doctors, dentist, emergency rooms, hospitals and gyms.
  • The Washingtonian ranks the best doctors and dentists.  Search on the site for specialists in both medical and dental fields.
  • WorkLife4You is a free 24-hour/ 7 days per week counseling, education and referral service that can help Department of State employees find the programs, providers, information, and resources they need to manage personal and professional responsibilities. WorkLife4You provides information on childcare, eldercare, health and wellness, adoption, and much more.

HOUSING
In the Washington, DC area, its all about location, location, location. Looking for short term housing? Hotels? Renting a home or moving back into your own? Here are some housing resources, including information about the Foreign Service clause for landlords and renters.

EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
Find resources for employment or volunteer opportunities.

RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES WITH PETS
Read this important information for the shipping of your pet.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Many offices and organizations in the Washington, DC area provide programming support for Foreign Affairs employees and family members.

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