Children & Families


Children and families matter. So do the people who teach and care for them. 

Here you will find information and materials for families, educators, and caregivers of children living outside their passport country.

Third Culture Kids (TCKs)

Third Culture Kids (TCKs):  who they are, how their experiences impact them, & how to support their developmental years crossing cultures

Who is a TCK?

Find out who TCKs are and how the experience of living overseas has affected them.


TCKs live a life of transitions. This link brings you to resources to help parents/teachers understand the transitions TCKs experience and how best to support them before/during/after the time of transition.


TCKs are affected by trauma even if it happens to someone close and not to the TCKs themselves. Here are some ways to help.

Family Issues

Raising children in a country not your own has some unique challenges. While parenting can be a challenge in and of itself, our focus here will be dealing with issues that pertain more to families who are serving in a country that is different from their “home” or passport country. 

Family & Ministry

Parenting overseas while doing full-time ministry has its challenges. How do you balance having ministry and tending the needs of your family?

Children & Technology

Technology is embedded in everything these days and there are expectations that everyone has all the available electronics to do what are considered “normal” activities. What kind of impact will this have on your children’s experiences?

Raising Multilingual Children

Living overseas can present more of an opportunity to raise children who are fluent in more than one language, sometimes because children become fluent in the host-culture language and sometimes because the parents speak two different languages.

TCK Education 

Evaluating education options, Teaching helps for parents, Special needs that may impact learning, School Profiles, and more.

Staff Serving TCKs

Understanding the unique needs of TCKs, professional development, technology use, culturally responsive teaching

Child Safety

Ensuring the safety of a child is everyone’s responsibility. No one should remain silent. Tragically, children have been hurt even when the best of measures have been put into place to be preventative and proactive. For those times, caring professionalism is needed for all parties involved. The child and those involved need care and trained professional help.

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