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Whether you’re posted to Papua New Guinea, Paris, or supporting a partner in London.

Whether it’s your first posting or last, if you have five children or none, we’re here to help you at home or away.

The DSFA is the family support service for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. With over 60 years of experience we support and campaign for more than 4000 partners and around 2,800 children.

Our dedicated team of advisers offer personalised, confidential, support to help you navigate the unique challenges of a global mobile lifestyle.

Today’s partners are dynamic, independent and diverse, with wide-ranging backgrounds, experience and professions. We tailor our services to meet your individual needs.

We offer courses and workshops on continuing your career in another country. We provide information on schooling, healthcare and financial planning. And for those who might experience difficult times in their life, we offer pastoral support and guidance. With close links to the 100-strong global network of Community Liaison Officers, we ensure the FCDO’s family policies are fit for purpose, and can consult and lobby on your behalf.

As a diplomatic partner you’re automatically a member of the DSFA, so please register now to explore all the information on our website, receive our magazine and newsletter, and connect with our networking groups.

DSFA members enjoy access to our sponsorship scheme, which gives grants of up to £2,500 for employment training, plus bespoke career coaching and priority on training courses. Become a member now for just £30 a year.

Moving your life abroad is an exciting step, but it can also be daunting. Let us help you make the journey a smooth and rewarding one.

For all COVID-related information,  please go to our new COVID-19 area.

If you’ve recently become a carer during the Covid-19 outbreak, don’t forget to see our Special Needs and Disabilities page for regular newsletters and resources.

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