Unaccompanied Tours (UT)
Unaccompanied Tours (UT), TDYs and Evacuations are all becoming commonplace in today's Foreign Service and all can be disruptive to the family. The good news is that families need not endure the hardship alone. Many of us have been through a prolonged family separation and can offer a lot of advice and moral support.
FLO Crisis Management Services and the Office of Unaccompanied Tours (UT) can provide support and/or point you in the right direction for DOS-sponsored information on allowances, administrative procedures, and emotional concerns
FLO's Unaccompanied Tours (UT) Support Program
FLO's Unaccompanied Tours Support Team is available to employees and family members (including spouses, partners, parents, siblings, and children of all ages) before, during, and after an unaccompanied assignment to answer questions, clarify options, and offer information and guidance on common concerns.
FLO’s UT program offers a number of services and resources for employees and families preparing for, serving in, or returning from an assignment to an unaccompanied post. To learn more about these resources see below. For additional questions, please email FLO at FLOAskUT@state.gov.
5 Most Popular FLO Support Resources:
Contact Information Form – We don’t know who you are unless you tell us. Anywhere in the world employees, family members and friends of unaccompanied tour employees can receive regular communication from FLO regarding available resources, programs, and services by completing this form. Email FLOAskUT@state.gov to request a Contact Information Form.
Decision Tree (PDF) – A guide to help you decide where your family will live while the employee is serving on an unaccompanied tour.
Children’s Handbook (PDF) – request to receive age appropriate workbook to help your children understand separation from a parent.
Children's Certificates & Medals of Recognition – Nominate your child to receive a certificate and award recognizing their sacrifice. Eligibility requirements: Employee must be from a Foreign Affairs Agency and serving at a UT designated post for at least 6 months and child must be employee’s daughter/son/step-child up to age 21.
Additional Support Resources
Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW)
AAFSW has a great online support network, a foreign-born spouse network, small-child playgroups and social events to help you find FS social support: www.aafsw.org
FSI's Transition Center offers great classes