ParentLink Kinship Navigator Program

ParentLink’s Kinship Navigator program covers the entire state of Missouri and provides ongoing, problem-solving support, quality information, and connection to services to kinship caregivers. Kinship care is an arrangement that allows grandparents, relatives, and loved ones to provide safe and caring homes for children when the parents cannot. Kinship arrangements can be an informal agreement between the parents and the caregivers or a formal placement that involves the child welfare system.

Whether your kinship care arrangement is informal or formal, long or short term, ParentLink can help you access the services, resources and support you need for yourself and the children in your care. You are not alone!


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Statewide Kinship Navigators

ParentLink’s Statewide Kinship Navigators are credentialed community health workers who assist caregivers in any county in Missouri by providing educational information, access to essential items, and connections to needed services. They understand the obstacles and opportunities for kinship families and work with them to navigate barriers to get the resources and supports they need.

Statewide Kinship Navigators can assist with areas such as:

• Finding transportation

• Assistance with housing and utility needs

• Connection to mental and behavioral health resources

• Access to developmental screenings for young children

• Finding household items, clothing, and diapers

To connect with a Statewide Kinship Navigator, join our virtual support group meetings or call our KIN-4-KID line at 1-833-546-4543.


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Kinship Caregiver Support Groups

ParentLink offers two virtual Support Groups:

Kinship caregivers, foster parents, and professionals serving families anywhere in the state are welcome to join our virtual support group meetings. Individuals can earn hours toward foster parent licensure by attending the Informational and/or Peer Kinship Support Group meetings.

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Resources

ParentLink connects families to thousands of vetted resources across Missouri! Contact a Statewide Kinship Navigator, visit our Resources webpage, or call our KIN-4-KID line to learn more.

Kinship caregivers and professionals can also check out free materials from our ParentLink loan library.

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Call Lines

ParentLink’s confidential phonelines are staffed by caring and qualified Family Support Specialists who help kinship caregivers:

  • Define their present needs and the needs of children in their care.
  • Develop a plan of action to address their identified needs.
  • Learn about helpful information and resources.

 Contact our Kin-4-Kid Line: 1-833-KIN-4-KID (1-833-546-4543)

 Contact our WarmLine: 1-800-552-8522 or 573-882-7323

Monday through Friday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Weekends: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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Facebook Page and Group

Get Social! Keep up to date on events, access information and materials, and connect with other caregivers and ParentLink Staff to discuss topics of interest on Facebook!

Follow Us: Learn about statewide and community announcements, events, and resources on our MU Kinship Foster and Caregivers Facebook Page.

Join our public MU Kinship Foster and Caregiver Community Facebook group.


Missouri Kinship Navigator Steering Committee

The Missouri Kinship Navigator Steering Committee is comprised of kinship caregivers and professionals from various family serving agencies throughout the state of Missouri. The Committee is organized for the purpose of supporting Kinship Caregivers and providing statewide leadership to this population.

ParentLink’s programming for Kinship Caregivers is funded by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Kinship Navigator Program..