AAFSW at a Glance

The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) was established in 1960 and is the oldest non­-governmental organization supporting the American diplomatic community.

AAFSW is a primary advocate and serves as a support network for family members of Foreign Service employees. AAFSW advocacy was responsible for the creation of the Family Liaison OfficeOverseas Briefing Center, and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.

AAFSW membership extends to all of the foreign affairs agencies. We participate in the Inter­Agency Roundtable (quarterly information ­sharing events for family member support offices from all foreign affairs agencies) and the Foreign Affairs Council (a forum for non­-governmental organizations related to the Foreign Service.

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The Senior Living Foundation

We want all Foreign Service personnel and their spouses (including surviving or divorced spouses) to know about the Senior Living Foundation (SLF), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in May 2014. Since its inception, SLF has provided retired members of the Foreign Service with financial and non-monetary assistance on the basis of need. It has educational […]

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Farewell from Outgoing President Patricia Linderman

Dear AAFSW members and friends, It’s been a great four years. From the start, I’ve felt extremely honored and privileged to represent you as your elected volunteer President. The greatest privilege has been working with the other volunteers at AAFSW (along with our outstanding part-time employees, who go far beyond their duties!). Although I was […]

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AAFSW Merit Scholarship Recipients 2015

AAFSW is pleased to announce the winners of our 2015 Merit Scholarships. The AAFSW High School/Gap Year Merit Scholarship ($2,000) was awarded to Patrick Odlum, son of Geoff and Jennifer Odlum. This award honors an outstanding high school senior or gap year student. The AAFSW College Merit Scholarship ($2,000) was awarded to Meredith Hilton, daughter […]

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Please Take Our Survey on Access to FS Information!

As announced last month, AAFSW recently received a grant from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation for a project that will help individuals and families within the Foreign Service community (including retired, divorced and widowed community members) access information related to FS life with greater ease. In developing this project, we thought it would be best […]

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