Third Culture Kids

Who is a Third Culture Kid?

“A third culture kid is an individual who, having spent a significant part of their developmental years in a culture other than their parents’ home culture, develops a sense of relationship to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Elements from each culture are incorporated into the life experience, but the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar experience.”1 

“Children are TCKs for many reasons. Some have parents with careers in international business, the diplomatic corps, the military or religious missions.”2


1Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock and Ruth Van Reken. (Boston, MA. Nicholas Brealey, 2001, p. 19). 

2 (Pollock and Van Reken, p. 6.)


Barnabas International's MK Ministry

Barnabas provides reentry seminars and and MK retreats that are designed to encourage MKs in all aspects of their journey.

Christian Parent

Parenting resources for Christian families, from babies and toddlers to teens .

Crosswalk Parenting Resources

Resources for parenting drawn from a variety of sources by

Interaction International's MK Ministry

Interaction International serves Third Culture Kids and internationally mobile families. They offer a Transition Seminar for high school and college students.   Among Worlds is an excellent magazine for adult TCKs.

International Society of Missionary Kids

ISMK equips MKs educationally, emotionally, and spiritually to handle the challenges they will face, engages MKs in a passionate walk with Christ and in missions, and enables parents to fulfill their missions calling.

Parenting Resources from Today's Christian Woman

Today's Christian Woman from Christianity Today provides links to resources and articles for Christian parents.

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