THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
D.C., area. These include: re-entry seminars for high school and
middle school students in the late summer, a college admissions
workshop, teen and tween game nights at Oakwood Apartments
and a September welcome-back picnic usually attended by more
than 100 Foreign Service family members.
In addition, FSYF’s Youth Evacuation Program assists FLO
and AAFSW in providing emergency support to Foreign Service
families who are evacuated from overseas.
For more information, visitwww.fsyf.org
org. Dues are $20 per year. Also, FSYF is a tax-exempt charity,
and you may want to consider a donation (CFC #39436).
MED–State Department Office
of Medical Services.
of State’s Employee Consultation Service,
part of the Office of Medical Services, offers
free, confidential referrals to professional
clinical social workers for State employees
and their family members. These counselors can assist parents
and children with family problems, blended family concerns,
school adjustment problems, re-entry concerns and other emo-
tional problems. For more information, emailMEDECS@state
gov or call (703) 812-2257.
MED’s Child and Family Program supports employees whose
children require mental health treatment or special educational
consideration overseas. Services include certifying eligibility
for the special needs educational allowance. For more informa-
department’s intranet or emailMEDCFP@state.gov
The bureau’s Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program covers
education, consultation and treatment referrals for employees
and family members dealing with alcohol or drug issues. The
program also publishes guidance on helping kids stay drug-free.
For more information, visithttp://med.m.state.sbu/mhs/adap/
default.aspx (intranet) or call (202) 663-1904.
State Department Office of
The State Department’s
Office of Overseas Schools, part of the Bureau
of Administration, promotes quality K-12
education at posts worldwide. Regional educa-
tion officers are available to discuss all aspects
of educating a child while posted abroad, including special needs
and gifted education. The office works with the schools it assists to
design appropriate curricula, train high school counselors, support
professional development and prepare school directors to work
with the embassy/consulate parents they serve. It alsomakes avail-
able professional/educational consultants to schools.
Parents are encouraged to contact the office with any con-
cerns regarding their child and their education; you may call
(202) 261-8200 or emailOverseasSchools@state.gov
. For more
State Department Bureau of
The Office of
Employee Relations, part of State’s Bureau
of Human Resources, sponsors an Infor-
mation Quest service. This offers 24/7
counseling, education and referral services
for domestic programs, providers and resources to manage per-
sonal and professional responsibilities. The InfoQuest website
includes a large collection of general guidance regarding raising
children. The service is open to all Department of State employ-
ees. For more information, search “Information Quest” on the
Last, but certainly not least, AFSA’s
The Foreign Service Journal,
has published dozens of articles over the years
dealing with raising and educating ForeignService kids. (See a listing at www.afsa.org/ educationarticles.) AFSA also offers need-ba
sed and merit schol-
arships that last year supported 85 college-bound Foreign Service
students with awards and scholarships totaling nearly $260,000.
For more information, visitwww.afsa.org/scholar.
contribution to AFSA’s scholarship fund (CFC#11759).
The nonprofit organizations and Department of State offices
that I have just described work hard to assist Foreign Service
youth in their global upbringing. My own children benefited
greatly from a number of those programs over the years. Even
though my recent retirement means that they no longer need
these resources, I volunteered as president of the Foreign Service
Youth Foundation to help ensure the continuation of this social
safety net for future generations. Parents of Foreign Service kids
can support that goal by utilizing the programs and services
described in this column and by supporting the organizations
that provide them.
MED’s Child and Family
Program supports employees
whose children require mental
health treatment or special