Third Culture Kids

An area of concern for many missionary families is our children. Kids growing up overseas have rich experiences, but sometimes battle such things as loneliness, not fitting in when coming back to the ‘home’ country, not being able to define what the ‘home’ country is anyway, identity and self-esteem. Here are a few resources that might be of help. If you would like to speak to other families with TCKs/MKs, please feel free to contact us.


TCKID: A Home for Third Culture Kids and Adults (TCKs) – TCKID is a Non-Profit Community Dedicated to Give Third Culture Kids/Adults and Cross Cultural People a Sense of Belonging.

Cross Cultural Kid – Dr. Ruth van Reken. Ruth is the author of "Letters Never Sent and co-author of "Third Culture Kids" with David Pollock. Additionally, there are many resources available for CCKs and their friends, family & support here on my site.

Link Care Center – Fresno, CA – Provides numerous services to missionaries and their organizations. These services range from the Restoration/Personal Growth program, to training and consultation services, to crisis debriefing services.

Alongside – Richland, MI – A nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide professional spiritual, mental and emotional care to missionaries and their families, to the end of promoting personal wholeness and ministry effectiveness. Its 2.5 week Renewal and Growth Sabbaticals are offered monthly.

MK Caregivers Conferences:

MK Caregivers Consultation that meets at the Avant mission guesthouse facilities in Kansas City (sharing of ideas and resources with others in MK Care ministry as well as learning from guest facilitators). The dates for the 2010 conference are April 6-9.  Donna Messenger is the contact person. Donna is a member of Barnabas International, she is on the planning team and will be coordinating the registration information.  If you have questions about the MKCC 2010, please feel free to contact Donna at

MK Caregiver Training Seminar – is offered by Interaction International in Colorado Springs each year.

TCK Books, Periodicals, DVDs and CDs:

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds (revised edition) — by David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken. “A Cross-Cultural Kid (CCK) is a person who has lived in—or meaningfully interacted with — two or more cultural environments for a significant period of time during developmental years.”

The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transitions — by Tina Quick – “TCKs are a wonderful kind of different. Their international upbringing has given them a broadened world view, a unique skill set, a bevy of languages, and incredible experiences.”

Home Keeps Moving — by Heidi Sand-Hart – Home Keeps Moving follows Heidi and her missionary family on their many moves through the eyes of a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and the unique phenomena of having four very different home countries to relate to. It tells the true story of being catapulted from continent to continent constantly: leaving friends and starting all over again, her unquenchable search for a home and sense of belonging in this world, her desire for a life-partner with the odds all but against her due to constantly relocating (even into adulthood). You will laugh and cry along with Heidi as she recounts hilarious and heart-breaking tales from her childhood as West blends with East.

Among Worlds magazine (from Interaction) – Discounts available for agencies purchasing bulk subscriptions.

Building Your Raft CD – Guides viewers through one of the essential steps to successfully preparing children and adults for transition. Note: this CD is for personal and family use and NOT for training purposes.

Fitted Pieces: A Guide for Parents Educating Children Overseas by Janet Blomberg & David Brooks (eds.)
or get the CD here

“Off We Go: An Activity Book for Children (Age 3-8) Going Overseas” by Hwai-Bing Pwee & Polly Ho – from OMF Hong Kong.  It’s available on a CD and is freely reprintable.

“Don’t Pig Out on Junk Food: The MK’s Guide to Survival in the U.S.” by Alma Daugherty Gordon also has some good resources. Available through various websites.

Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging – Marilyn R. Gardner (available on various websites)

Worlds Apart: A Third Culture Kid’s Journey – Marilyn R. Gardner (available on various websites)

Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere: Insights into Counselling the Globally Mobile – Lois J. Bushong, M.S. -- (also available on various websites)