TCKs & Family Issues

Third Culture Kids (TCKs)

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.

Sending Country Information

This section includes for many of the passport countries of our families a schooling system overview, in-country resources, cultural differences teachers should know about, and challenges and recommendations for MKs returning to their home country.