Where is Home for You?

September 19, 2022

Episode 240

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Description: Dr. Ruth Van Reken discusses when military children understand their story they can connect on a global scale.

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, 3rd edition


Letters Never Sent, updated, 2012, by Summertime Publishing




Understanding Third Culture Kids:


Purple Up: Meet Alana a Third Culture Kid



This episode was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Keesler Spouses Club.



Bio: Dr. Ruth Van Reken

Vice-Chair, Governing Board, Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN), co-founder, Families in Global Transition (FIGT)

Ruth Van Reken is a second generation Third Culture Kid* (TCK) and mother of three adult TCKs. She is co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, 3rd ed., author of Letters Never Sent, and multiple other writings. For more than thirty-five years Ruth has traveled extensively speaking about issues related to the impact of global mobility on individuals, families, and societies. She is co-founder and past chairperson of Families in Global Transition. In 2019 she received an Hon. Litt.D for her life's work. ​



Ashley Brooke Schlicht, MCEC State Coordinator for South Carolina. Ashley is a proud Alumna of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, My Carolina Veteran’s Alumni Council founding board member and former director of community engagement, prior servicemember, and former Active-Duty Military Spouse. She has a background in non-profit work, macro level advocacy, and child welfare, holding numerous positions and chairs in various national and local organizations, while moving and traveling frequently. Ashley and her husband, Rob, share three daughters. 

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