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.


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!

Mobilizing and Empowering Our Community: Grandparents and Kinship Caregivers Raising Families

Join ParentLink in Jefferson City on Thursday, April 24th at 9:00AM for a FREE forum entitled, "Mobilizing and Empowering Our Community: Grandparents and Kinship Caregivers Raising Families." This one-day event will highlight both the obstacles and opportunities for relative and kinship caregivers. Free registration, lunch and door prizes are available to the first 100 participants. Reserve your space today! The conference will be located at:

The First Baptist Church

301 E. Capitol Avenue

Jefferson City, MO 65101

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

  • Come find out about the resources available in Phelps County for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and/or relatives acting as caregivers. The conference will include free breakfast, lunch, and take home information.  Children are also welcome to join in on some supervised, fun activities while caregivers attend the conference.  The conference will be held on March 8th, 2014 at the Health and Recreation Complex in Rolla.  Please see this FLYER for more information on registration!
  • 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!