Since 1999, Brats Without Borders has been helping lead the effort to raise awareness of Military Brats and Third Culture Kids - their culture, their contributions, and the challenges they face as children and adults.
Brats Without Borders (BWB) is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1999. Our mission is to provide educational outreach, support, materials, and research to enrich the lives of Military "Brats" and other "Third Culture Kids" of all ages.
For a child, growing up military can be cruel, magical, privileged, and painful - all at the same time. They attend 6-9 schools before they graduate, often on multiple continents. Their mom or dad, or both, are deployed for months at a time, and may not come home at all. Coping strategies that work well as mobile children can be counter-productive as rooted adults. Even their nickname - "brats" - can cause controversy if one is unaware of its historical origins.
Not all military children are "resilient"; some have had more to overcome than others. Since most military parents didn't grow up military, even they don't always understand.
Brats Without Borders is committed to helping empower Military Brats and TCKs of all ages and connect them with their families, friends, and communities, but most of all - each other. Because everybody really does need "a place to call home."
Banner photo courtesy of Cindy Greenwood.