The employee will often find him/herself in a more dangerous environment than previous assignments. The family will have to cope with everyday issues without that person’s participation. Children may act out their anger over the departure of one parent. Parents of the employee also may have their own concerns regarding the assignment and separation from loved ones.

The Department provides a number of resources and services to support employees—and their families—while they are serving at an unaccompanied post overseas.

Foggy Bottom Rambles Blog – stay up to date with FLO's Unaccompanied Tours Blog.

Tips from the Field – a collection of tips from employees and family members on unaccompanied tours that have been submitted to and posted on our blog. Don’t forget to share your tips with us!

Employee Consultation Service (ECS)ECS offers free, confidential counseling with professional clinical social workers to Department of State employees and family members.

MHN Resources – free, confidential health and work/life services and counseling for anyone experiencing an unaccompanied tour.

Online Support Group for Family Members (HomefrontUS) – a private Yahoo discussion group solely for unaccompanied tour family members.

Community Liaison Office coordinators (CLOs)provide support to families during an Unaccompanied Tour who remain at post. Email to find your post’s CLO.

Children’s Handbook Downloadable or Children’s Handbook Order Form – age appropriate workbooks designed by a Foreign Service Officer to help children understand the separation.


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