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Expatriate Family News: Struggles/Successes of Expatriate Families Is Focus of Upcoming Conference


HOUSTON, TX, December 12, 2007 – Expatriate families know it’s not always easy when your family is relocated by a corporate move, a military transfer, a missionary or diplomatic assignment or an overseas educational opportunity.

In fact – more often than not – it’s a huge challenge for parents and children alike which requires support.

That’s the topic of the 10th Annual Families in Global Transition International Conference at the Omni Houston Hotel, March 6-8. The conference theme is: “Supporting the Family: Accomplishing the Assignment”. (

The conference is a grass-roots “think tank” for internationally mobile families.

“Expatriate families and their needs are often overlooked. This is the only conference in the world that brings together representatives of the corporate, military, missionary, diplomatic and educational sectors,” said Joyce Blake, executive director of the nonprofit organization that sponsors it.

Human resources personnel, relocation experts, educators and counselors attend to discuss the challenges and benefits of living abroad and returning home. Recertification credits are offered through the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Five pre-conference, skill-building workshops are offered, which include:
• “Welcome Aboard YOUR Cultural Transition Journey: A Family Resiliency-Building Program
• Navigation Tools for Successful Expatriate Transitions
• “Could You be an Expat Entrepreneur?”
• “International Marriage Mentoring: 12 Conversations”
• “Wise as Doves and Innocent as Serpents: Promoting Organizational Health in International Settings”

Concurrent sessions focus on:
• Third Culture Kids (TCK’s)
• Family and organizational transitions
• Repatriation, HR, ROI and educational transition
• Cross-sector best practices
• Concerns of expatriate teenagers and spouses

Space is limited for the 3-hour, pre-conference workshops. Visit to register and learn more about the sessions and presenters. For information about conference fees, registration and schedules, visit or call 317-888-9678.

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About Families in Global Transition
Families in Global Transition (FIGT) is a 503c3 nonprofit organization that offers conferences and year-round benefits through its Associates Program and expanding educational websites. Sandy Thomas, Director of USA Girl Scouts Overseas, of Girl Scouts of the USA, is president of the FIGT 11-member board of directors. Information can be obtained about the organization at or by calling 317-888-9678.

Focus: expatriate, expatriate family, expatriate families, overseas transfer, corporate relocation


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