Welcome!

On this site you will find support groups and links to topics pertaining to the challenges of raising relative children.  Click on Packie our interactive backpack for information and resources.

Feel free to contact ParentLink directly with any specific questions. ParentLink has a free and confidential WarmLine staffed by Master's level Family Support Specialists. Call 1-800-552-8522 En Español: 1-888-460-0008.  All calls are confidential within the limits of the law.

ANNOUNCING: Relative and Kinship Family Research!  

ParentLink is pleased to support MU research on Understanding the Impact of Family Routines and Rituals in Relative and Kinship Families.  This study can help us learn what works to keep relative and kinship families healthy and their children successful.  Please see the Recruitment Flyer for details.

New Brochure Available!  Check out our new brochure from ParentLink specifically for grandparents titled, "A Homework Checklist: Helping Your Grandchild Succeed in School." 

Columbia/Boone County GRANDFamily Support Group

The Columbia/Boone County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group meets on the third Thursdays of the month, from 5:30-7pm at ParentLink (4800 Santana Circle, Columbia, MO 65211).  For more information about our local support group, check out our Facebook page or take a look at the groups most updated GRANDFamily Support Group flyer.

Missouri GRANDFamily Support Groups

ParentLink is currently looking for any information regarding Southwest Missouri GrandFamily Support Groups. Please email parentlink@missouri.edu with any information!

 

Missouri GRANDFamily Coalition

The Missouri GRANDFamily Coaltion is comprised of professionals from various family serving agencies throughout the state of Missouri.  For more information, check out the GRANDFamily Coalition page.

Project Restore

  • Project Restore, a project funded by the  Brookdale Foundation, is in full swing!  Visit our Project Restore page for more information and resources on the topic of depression and grandparents and other relatives caring for children.

Other News and Information

  • Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and communities should do to support kinship families. For more information on Kids Count Policy Report click here

  • Resource for Boone county: BCOTN (Boone County Offender Transition Network)'s mission is "to promote a healthier and safer community, by creating and maintaining an effective network of services that address the needs of offenders, their families and our community."  Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren due to parental incarceration?  Do you work with grandparents in this situation?  For more information about BCOTN, visit their website at http://bcotn.org.

  • A new Report on kinship families from The Annie E. Casey Foundation is now available. Check it out!