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.

Reboot Re-entry/Transition program for Canadian MKs ages 17-20

Wilderness Reboot for Adult MK’s ages 21-35

MK Caregivers Conferences:

MK Caregivers Summitthis is the present name of the MK Caregivers Consultation. Missionary Kid Caregivers is a network for people who are involved in MK care at some level.  It is our desire that this group will provide a place to network information and to seek to support one another in our various ministries.  Every year we gather at MK Caregivers Summit to encourage, network, and share resources.  Send questions to

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 (Third Edition) — by David Pollock, Ruth E. Van Reken, and Michael V. Pollock. “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)