Parent Support

Happy parents and happy children make happy families.  While returning to the U.S. may be difficult for children and teens, it can be equally difficult on parents.  

Why?  Here are a few of the reasons:
  • Parents may be facing additional financial pressures, 
  • may need to find work, 
  • may have more responsibilities in the home
  • may have difficulty finding social groups
  • may not speak English as their native language
  • may feel isolated at home
  • may not be familiar with the DC area
What to do?
  • Be patient and forgiving with yourself
  • Exercise
  • Find the humor in the difficult moments
  • Join the school PTA and attend some meetings
  • Take a class or join a club
  • Get to know your neighbors, your library, your county government
  • Connect with FS parents!

Connecting with Other FS Parents

FSYF:  That's us! If you're interested in volunteering your time and staying connected with FS families, get involved with FSYF!  Explore our website and complete a volunteer application.

AAFSW has a Foreign Born Spouses Group at AAFSW and a great listserve of very supportive FS families. Post a question or concern and you'll get a ton of great advice (membership required)

Foreign Service Institute's Transition Center 

Other Local Groups:

"Mom Groups":  There are many mothers groups, based on one's county or town.  Try googling 'Moms of...(insert your region)"

"Meetup"  Groups: You can find activities based on your age and interests and region. 

Your children's school Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
Getting involved in your child's school is a great way to familiarize yourself with your local community and develop ties that can benefit you, your child and your whole family.  

Additional Information

used by the FS Community

for State Dept families:

for USAID families:

by Robin  Pascoe

 Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF)

PO Box 50663   Arlington, VA   22205


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