Ruth Van Reken is a second generation Third Culture Kid* (TCK) and mother of three now adult TCKs. She is the author of Letters Never Sent, one of the first books written by an adult TCK examining the impact of his or her cross-cultural childhood. For the last twenty five years, she has traveled extensively to over forty countries working with fellow adult TCKs, parents of TCKs, human resource people, educators, and other caregivers, about issues related to global family living. Currently, Ruth is researching how lessons learned in this TCK context may also apply to other types of cross-cultural childhoods. Ruth is co-founder and past chairperson of the annual Families in Global Transition conference (started here in Indianapolis!). In addition to Letters Never Sent and other writings, Ruth has co-authored Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, revised (Nicholas Brealey/Intercultural Press) with David C. Pollock.
*a child who spends a significant period of time during his or her developmental years growing up in a culture outside the parents’ culture.