Who is it for?
This forum brings together a wide variety of people - member care providers, sending agencies, sending and receiving churches, mental health professionals and people with an interest in helping and encouraging the support, care, education and training of Third Culture Kids (TCKs). The forum provides access to resources and usually meets twice annually. It also arranges occasional 24-hour residential conferences, retreats, and informal support groups. (The Forum has close links to Member Care Europe and the European TCK Network.).
What is its focus and what issues have we covered?
The forum's main focus is to help senders improve the care and development of their mission partners around the world, and helping and encouraging the support, care, education and training of TCKs. Topics explored have included Member Care and Mindfulness, Ageing and Retirement, Member Care from a Distance, Debriefing Families, and 'Raising children in restricted societies'. It also provides advice on many areas, such as access to education and settling back into the UK.
Who is on the planning team?
The Co-Chairs of the planning team are Debbie Hawker (Arrest) and Steve Bryant (WEC International). Other members include Sarah Hay (European Christian Mission International), Tim Herbert (Syzygy), Ian Orton (Tearfund), Cheryl Gibson (SIM), Rebecca de Vos (WEC International) and Yolanda Jerrard (New Tribes Mission). The Forum is administered by Kate Hodge (Global Connections).