Help for Kinship Caregivers and GrandFamilies Across the State of Missouri

Modern families are ever changing, with traditional two-parent households rapidly diminishing. More and more families are “sharing the caring” with the influence of other adults or assuming the responsibilities of caring on their own.  But, this is what makes you GRAND!

Whether you’re a grandparent, other relative, or loved one caring for another’s child, we are so happy you’re visiting our site!  Please know that you’re not alone and we understand the obstacles AND opportunities for your families.

The ParentLink Kinship Navigator Program provides services to relatives and kinship caregivers, grandparents, and foster parents. This includes children being cared for by kin in foster care or legal guardianship arrangements, children at risk of entering foster care being cared for by kin, and children being cared for by kin outside of the child welfare system.


We Are Here For You!

Connect with a ParentLink Kinship Navigator

ParentLink Kinship Navigators can:

  • Connect caregivers to informational and community resources.
  • Provide assistance in obtaining benefits and services, including completing paperwork, finding transportation, securing basic needs, finding mental health resources, and developmental screenings for early childhood delays.

ParentLink Kinship Navigators are available in the following counties:


Contact Us Directly With Questions or to Get Connected to a Kinship Navigator in Your Area

ParentLink has free and confidential phonelines staffed by Master’s level Family Support Specialists. We can:

  • Help kinship caregivers and grandfamilies define their present needs.
  • Provide kinship caregivers and grandfamilies with appropriate information and resources to address their needs.
  • Assist kinship caregivers and grandfamilies with developing a plan of action to mitigate or eliminate their identified needs.
  • Provide research-based information and literature specific to kinship caregivers and grandfamilies (including formal and informal caregiving as well as trauma-informed parenting), outreach materials, lending library, and informational brochures at no cost.

To contact our WarmLine (all parents, caregivers, and professionals):

  • Call us at 1-800-552-8522 or 573-882-7323
  • Email us at parentlink@missouri.edu
  • Send us a Text at 585-FAMILY1
  • Message us on Facebook: search for ParentLink WarmLine

To contact our Kin-4-Kid Line (kinship caregivers and grandfamilies):

All calls are confidential within the limits of the law.


Join a Virtual Kinship Support Group

ParentLink Virtual Kinship Support Group

ParentLink, in partnership with University of Missouri Extension and the New Madrid County Family Resource Center, is now offering a weekly Virtual Support Group for Kinship Caregivers across the state of Missouri.  The hour long meetings include a brief presentation on a timely topic, sharing of resources for kinship families, and support from trusted professionals.  

When:  Virtual Kinship Support groups are held on Thursday mornings from 10am to 11am.

Where/How: Online, through Zoom. See the flyer for more information on the this month’s meetings.

Cooper County Extension Kinship Support Group

The University of Missouri Cooper County Extension Office is hosting a virtual support group once a month for kinship families in Cooper County and surrounding areas. The Cooper County Kinship Support Group offers support and educational opportunities to kinship families. Area served: This group is open to kinship caregivers statewide.
When: Virtual Kinship Support groups are held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Where/How: Online, through Zoom.
For more information, contact Tina Edholm at edholmc@missouri.edu.


Missouri GrandFamily/Kinship Support Groups

For information on GrandFamily Support groups across the state, check out our Missouri GrandFamily/Kinship Support Groups page! If you do not have a local support group, you are welcome to join our Missouri Kinship and GrandFamiles Support private Facebook group where you can connect with other GrandFamilies/Kinship Caregivers.

ParentLink will resume the in-person support group for Boone County, the Central Missouri GrandFamily Network, when we are able to do so. 


Access Additional Resources

Project Restore: A Support Group Curriculum on Depression in Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers

With funding from the Brookdale Foundation, ParentLink created Restore: A Support Group Curriculum on Depression in Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers.  This 6 lesson curriculum is designed for use in a support group setting and was reviewed by MU Psychiatrist Dr. Laine Young-Walker.  The lessons are as follows: Stress and Relative Caregivers; Defining Depression; Getting Help for Depression, Part 1–Therapies; Getting Help for Depression, Part 2–Medications; Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle and Preventing Symptoms of Depression; and Support Networks.  A DVD of video clips featuring Dr. Young-Walker and local grandparents also accompanies the curriculum.


The Kinship Navigator program is offered by ParentLink, a resource center for parents, caregivers, and anyone working with families for parenting information, research-based information, and referrals to services across the state of Missouri. For more information visit parentlink.missouri.edu.

ParentLink WarmLine is funded by Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services.

ParentLink Kinship Navigators and the Kin-4-Kid line are funded by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Kinship Navigator Program.

ParentLink’s Virtual Kinship Support Group is co-funded by Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services and Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Kinship Navigator Program.