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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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NOVEMBER 2015

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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, visit

www.fsyf.org

or email

fsyf@fsyf.

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.

The Department

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, email

MEDECS@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-

tion, visit

http://med.m.state.sbu/mhs/cfp/default.aspx

on the

department’s intranet or email

MEDCFP@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, visit

http://med.m.state.sbu/mhs/adap/

default.aspx (intranet) or call (202) 663-1904.

State Department Office of

Overseas Schools.

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 email

OverseasSchools@state.gov

. For more

information, visit

www.state.gov/m/a/os/.

State Department Bureau of

Human Resources.

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

department’s intranet.

AFSA.

Last, but certainly not least, AFSA’s

flagship publication,

The Foreign Service Journal,

has published dozens of articles over the years

dealing with raising and educating Foreign

Service 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, visit

www.afsa.org/scholar.

Consider a

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.

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MED’s Child and Family

Program supports employees

whose children require mental

health treatment or special

educational consideration

overseas.