Who We Are: Children of Diplomats
The State Department’s diplomatic work abroad is not only the work of Foreign Service Officers. Foreign Service family members, including children, often play a role in America’s diplomacy. Here are some of their stories and observations on their unique lifestyle:
Meet the children of diplomats overseas
- Young Global Nomads
Read the stories gathered by the daughter of a Foreign Service Officer about lives of American diplomats’ children around the world in Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, and many more countries.
- Experiencing Different Cultures
Teens who live overseas in Foreign Service families share their experiences switching between various cultures in these stories.
- Overseas: By Country
Choose from the countries listed to learn about Foreign Service youth experiences in that country.
- Questions and Answers
What you’d like to ask Foreign Service youth.
For more on the lives of children of America’s diplomats:
Our Youngest Diplomats, by Wendy Saunders, State Magazine, May 2007
Read about a unique after school program for students at an American international school in Beijing, China, which aims to incorporate aspects of American culture that the children would experience if attending a school in the United States.
A Kids'-Eye View of the World: When a Parent Is With the U.S. Foreign Service, Traveling Is Part of the Plan Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Margaret Webb Pressler reports on the unique experiences of Foreign Service kids now living in the Washington, DC area, for the Washington Post “KidsPost” page.
The Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) was established in 1989 to coordinate the Department of State efforts to assist Foreign Service youth. Check out the FSYF’s recommendations on resources and publications for kids, families and educators about growing up around the world when a parents’ job takes the family abroad.