Welcome to our unaccompanied tours (UT) blog, Foggy Bottom Rambles! We can share information, programs, and resources quickly with you and since blogs are a two way street, we (and the other readers) can hear from you. What's in a name you say? This blog reflects how we (back here in DC, Foggy Bottom area) provide information (rambles) to you. Find websites and information, upcoming webinars, programs and events. FLO does not endorse organizations or companies linked-to in this blog, the views they express, or the products/services they offer. Let us know what you think: contribute to the blog or email us at FLOAskUT@state.gov.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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The Family Liaison Office (FLO) is pleased to announce the Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) program for 2017/2018.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FLO Website Feature: Transition, Training and the FS Child

The Family Liaison Office’s (FLO) webpage Transition, Training, and the Foreign Service Child has resources to help you prepare your children for an upcoming move. Resources include, Bouncing Back, a resource for those returning to the U.S., links to the Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF), information about Third Culture Kids (TCK), and more. Email questions to FLOAskEducation@state.gov.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

FLO Website Feature: Foreign Service Life

he Family Liaison Office (FLO) can provide guidance and assistance to employees and families navigating the challenges and opportunities of the Foreign Service lifestyle. FLO’s Foreign Service Life webpage provides information on a variety of topics including eldercare, adding a family member to your orders, members of household, foreign-born spouses, long distance relationships, and more. Email questions to FLOAskSupportServices@state.gov

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Transitioning back to the DC area after an overseas post

Transitioning back to the DC area after an overseas post and looking for DC School Information?

 Also, note that in some districts, students coming from foreign countries are referred from the neighborhood school to a central   registration office. To avoid this confusion,   Foreign Service families returning from overseas should tell school officials that they are U.S. citizens returning from abroad.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017/2018 Professional Development

Fellowship Program

FLO is pleased to announce the Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) Program for 2017/2018! Open to spouses and partners of U.S. direct-hire government employees from all agencies serving overseas under Chief of Mission authority, PDFs help spouses and partners maintain, enhance, and develop their professional skills while overseas. FLO offers PDFs from $1,000 to $2,500 on a reimbursable basis. Projects may include a wide range of activities including, but not limited to, classroom and distance learning courses, professional development activities, obtaining or renewal of professional certifications and licenses, and participation in professional conferences.

Applications are due no later than May 1, 2017. For detailed information go to the PDF webpage.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Upcoming Webinar
Is it time to leave the nest?
Advice for Parents who have Adult Children Living at Home
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
10:00—11:00 A.M. ET 

During this one hour seminar, we will discuss current trends and behaviors associated with adult children living with their parents. Participants will learn tools to optimize communication and maintain healthy boundaries for a successful transition to independence. A workbook will accompany the webinar.

  Participants will need a computer with a high-speed internet connection and computer
      speakers. The chat function will allow participants to post questions or comments during       the presentation.

To participate in the webinar, go to Department of State Webinar. Enter as a guest and type your first name and your current or future post. 

Our partners from the Bureau of Medical Services Deployment Stress Management Program (DSMP) will facilitate the webinar and be available for a question and answer session.

Since we will refer to it throughout the session, please request a digital copy of the workbook in advance. Email FLOAskUT@state.gov to request a copy. 

Please direct questions to FLO's Unaccompanied Tours office at (202) 647-1076.