The ParentLink Kinship Navigator program provides quality kinship caregiving information, as well as outreach activities and support group services, to support Missouri’s families and communities. The program assists caregivers in learning about, finding and using programs and services to meet the needs of the children they are raising, and their own needs. The program promotes effective partnerships among public and private agencies to ensure kinship caregiver families are served. 

Kinship Navigators serve relative/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.

ParentLink’s programming for Kinship Caregivers and GrandFamilies is 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.

Missouri Kinship Navigator Steering Committee


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