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Family Member Employment:
AFSA will be dedicating the
month of April to spotlighting issues facing Foreign Service fam-
ily members. To frame the discussion, that month’s
Foreign
Service Journal
will focus on FS family member employment is-
sues and AFSA’s efforts to address them. Although our empha-
sis will be on best practices and tips, we expect to present the
full spectrum of experiences family members face regarding em-
ployment, including the problems and frustrations that often
come with the territory. Frequent contributor Shawn Zeller, a
journalist at
Congressional Quarterly
, has written an in-depth
investigative article exploring the issue, drawing heavily on
input from our members. Thanks to all who shared their stories
and lessons learned. The issue will also feature several first-per-
son accounts from the field.
Third Culture Kids:
In April, we will offer two events with a
Foreign Service family emphasis. On Monday, April 2, at 11:30
a.m., we are proud to present a panel discussion on Third Cul-
ture Kids, highlighting the Foreign Service experience. Panelists
Rebecca Grappo, Ruth Van Reken, Julia Simens and Rebecca
Oden, all experts who have studied TCKs from discrete view-
points, will devote particular attention to the question of emo-
tional resilience, asking what enables some kids to adapt well to
Foreign Service life while others struggle. The discussion will
take place at AFSA-HQ, 2101 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.,
and all are invited. Please RSVP to
events@afsa.org.
Health Benefits:
On Monday, April 23, we will shift our at-
tention to the other end of the age spectrum with a presenta-
tion on a common problem facing seniors and retirees:
coordinating Federal Employee Health Benefits with individual
Medicare benefits. The American Foreign Service Protective
Association’s Paula Jakub will be our featured speaker and
will be on hand to answer all of your questions. This event
will also take place at AFSA-HQ and begins at 2 p.m. Please
RSVP to
events@afsa.org.
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