It is not uncommon for AFS participants to be featured in newspaper articles regarding their exchange program. These articles often highlight ther involvement in the local community and school. If there is any indication that the newspaper article is not intended to portray the student, host family or AFS in a positive light, please follow the steps outlined in the Media Policy. Please make sure that the natural parents have provided their consent for their child to be featured in the news. You can find this information in Global Link Service Case: Placement Detail Screen of the participant’s record:
If the “Denied Media Consent” is not checked the participant can proceed with being interviewed.
AFS would like to be notified of these articles. Please send the article to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are circumstances when AFS has promotional opportunities where applicants for outbound programs, current or former participants, host family members or those not previously affiliated with AFS will have an opportunity be featured in materials that promote AFS, either directly or indirectly, such as documentaries, national media events, third party blogs, etc., where we do not have a Media Consent on file. If you need to procure consent from one of these parties and they are a minor (under 18 years of age), you can use the Media Consent and Release form here. The Parents/Legal Guardians will also need to sign this form. For assistance contacting the Parents/Legal Guardians of a hosted participant, please contact your AFS-USA Support Specialist.
If you need to procure consent and the person is over 18 years old, please use this form.