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Support Services

Burrell Behavioral Health Grandparent Support Group

Support group for caregivers who have at least one youth enrolled in the Burrell CPRC program. Transportation may be provided as needed. Area served: Boone county.

573-777-8330
www.burrellcenter.com/services-2/child-and-adolescent-services

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Assures that nutritious meals and snacks are served to children and eligible adults enrolled in child care centers, family child care homes, after school programs, emergency shelters, and adult day care programs by providing reimbursement for meals that meet minimum nutritional standards. CACFP requires that well-balanced meals are served and good eating habits are taught. CACFP also provides training and technical assistance on nutrition, food service operations, program management, nutrition education and recordkeeping. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

health.mo.gov/living/wellness/nutrition/foodprograms/cacfp

Child Care Aware of Missouri

Child Care Aware of Missouri is a resource and referral agency providing information for parents, early care and education programs, and the general public about the many benefits of quality early learning. Partnering with state government agencies on system building and working with legislators on policy that affects early childhood, this network works to improve outcomes for children and families. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

www.mo.childcareaware.org

Circle of Parents Support Group

This support group meets from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm on the last Thursday of each month. Dinner, childcare, and an educational speaker are provided. Transportation available. Area served: Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, Dekalb counties.

St. Joseph Youth Alliance
5223 Mitchell Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64507
816-232-0050
youth-alliance.org

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.

Food Stamp / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 renamed the federal program the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) effective October 1, 2008. SNAP is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and well-being of the nation’s population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/food-stamp-program

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (FACC)

Services for kinship/relative care providers in a formal relationship (custody of Children’s Division or adoptive/legal guardianship). Area served: St. Louis Metropolitan area plus the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson.

www.foster-adopt.org

FosterAdopt Connect

Services for formal and informal kinship (relative) providers. Area served: Jackson, Lafayette, and Platte counties, with others on a case by case basis.

fosteradopt.org

GRAND Love: Grandparents Raising Kids

This group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Please call to RSVP. A part of University of Missouri Extension. Area served: Osage county.

Osage County Public Library
1014 E. Main Street, # D
Linn, MO 65051
573-897-3648
extension.missouri.edu/osage

Grandfamily Support Group

Contact the office for support group schedule. A part of University of Missouri Extension. Area served: Phelps county.

Phelps County Extension Center
200 N. Main Street
Rolla, MO 65401
573-458-6260
extension.missouri.edu/phelps

Grandparents as Parents Program

Area served: Christian, Douglas, Greene, Lawrence, Stone, Taney, Webster counties.

Kings Way United Methodist Church
2401 S Lone Pine Ave
Springfield, MO 65804
417-881-6363
kingswayumc.com/seniors

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

This group meets from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. No sessions in June or July. Childcare and lunch are provided. Area served: Butler, Carter, Oregon, Ripley, Shannon, Wayne counties.

University of Missouri Extension Center
614 Lindsay Ave.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
573-686-8064
extension.missouri.edu/butler

Grandparents Support Network KC

This group meets every 3rd Saturday of the month from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. A part of the UMKC Consortium on Aging. Area served: Jackson County.

Rockhurst Community Center
5401 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-701-6534
www.facebook.com/GrandParentsSupportNetworkKC
GPSnetworkKC@gmail.com

Grands Raising Grands in and Around Springfield, MO
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. View laws and regulations for children with special needs from birth through three years (Part C) and three years to 21 years of age (Part 8).

dese.mo.gov/special-education/compliance/laws-regulations

Keepers of the Flame

This group meets on the 4th Friday of each month from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. Lunch is provided. A part of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Area served: St. Louis county.

Five Star Senior Center
2832 Arsenal
St. Louis, MO 63118
314-918-2293
cardinalritterseniorservices.org/programs/social-services

Let’s Start Caregiver Group

This women’s support group meets through Zoom during shelter-at-home. It is open to formerly incarcerated women and women caregivers raising children of or affected by another woman’s incarceration. (For women only.)

Criminal Justice Ministry
1104 S. Jefferson Ave
St. Louis MO 63104
www.cjmstlouis.org/let-s-start
314-565-0720

Missouri Early Head Start and Child Care Partnership Project

A nationally recognized effort to increase the capacity of and access to care for this vulnerable age group and to provide parents with a wider variety of quality child care settings from which to choose. The benefits of this partnership include allowing Missouri to maximize state funds by drawing down additional federal funds through a partnership with the Administration for Children and Families. It also positively impacts the overall quality of care in communities and maximizes the number of children receiving benefits from this funding. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/early-learning/ehs-cc-partnerships

Missouri Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Comprised of two components: Energy Assistance/Regular Heating (EA) and Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). EA is designed to provide financial assistance to help pay heating bills for Missourians during the months of October, November, December, January, February, and March. Eligibility requirements for EA are based on income, household size, available resources and responsibility for payment of home heating costs. Eligibility for EA may also qualify individuals for additional financial assistance through ECIP. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

dss.mo.gov/fsd/energy-assistance

MO HealthNet

Missouri’s Medicaid Program. MO HealthNet covers qualified medical expenses for individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements. Eligible
individuals receive a “MO HealthNet Identification Card” or a letter from the Family Support Division identifying them as eligible for certain medical care services. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

mydss.mo.gov/healthcare

MO HealthNet (Medicaid) for Kids

Provides medical care for children under 19 years of age whose family income falls within certain guidelines. After applications are processed, individuals receive a letter from the Family Support Division. If family members are eligible for services, they will be issued a “MO HealthNet Identification Card,” and explanation of the medical services available to them. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

dss.mo.gov/fsd/health-care/mohealthnet-for-kids.htm

Nixa Schools Kinship Families Network
North County Support Group

Contact the office for specific dates and times. Area served: St. Louis county.

Mid-East Area Agency on Aging
14535 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
636-207-4215
agingmissouri.org

Northland Grandfamilies

Services for formal and informal kinship (relative) providers. Area served: Clay, Platte and Jackson counties.

816-407-3490
extension2.missouri.edu/counties/clay/northland-grandfamilies

Northland Grandfamilies Program

816-407-3490

A part of University of Missouri Extension. Area served: Clay, Platte, Ray counties.

North Cross United Methodist Church
1321 NE Vivion Road
Kansas City, MO 64118
This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.


Good Samaritan Center
108 South Thompson Ave.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 am – 11:30 am.


North Cross United Methodist Church
1321 NE Vivion Road
Kansas City, MO 64118
This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Parent & Older Youth Support Groups

This support group is for relative and kinship caregivers caring for child(ren) as a result of foster care (not for informal custody). Contact the office for details. A part of the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. Area served: St. Louis county.

Foster & Adoption Resource Center
1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 210
St. Louis, MO 63144
314-367-8373 x2235
www.foster-adopt.org/for-current-parents/support-services

ParentLink Central Missouri GrandFamily Network

This GrandFamily Support Group currently meets virtually via Zoom every Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00 am. More information can be found at https://education.missouri.edu/parentlink/support-for-grandfamilies.

ParentLink WarmLine: 1-800-552-8522 or 573-882-7323

Kinship Navigator Line: 1-833-KIN-4-KID (1-833-546-4543)

ParentLink Kinship Navigator Program for Central Missouri

Kinship Navigator services for formal and informal kinship (relative) providers. Area served: Boone, Cole, Cooper, and Randolph counties.

Kinship Navigator Line: 1-833-KIN-4KID (1-833-546-4543)

ParentLink Kinship Navigator Program for the Bootheel

Kinship Navigator services for formal and informal kinship (relative) providers. Area served: Pemiscot, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott, Stoddard, Ripley, and Butler counties.

Kinship Navigator Line: 1-833-KIN-4KID (1-833-546-4543)

Pemberton Park for Grandfamilies Support Group

This group meets every other Wednesday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Open to the residents of Pemberton Park and the public. A part of Local Investment Commission (LINC). Are served: Jackson county.

Pemberton Park
5010 Cleveland Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64130
816-889-5050
kclinc.org

Relatives as Parents Program

Monthly educational seminars are offered on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am. Support groups meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 pm. A part of Care Connection for Aging Services. Area served: Hickory, St. Clair, Polk, Dallas, Benton counties.

McCarty Center (Educational Seminars)
19482 U.S. Highway 54
Wheatland, MO 65779

Hickory County Library (RAPP Session Support Group)
18376 New Hermitage Drive
Hermitage, MO 65668

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

A program designed to provide cash benefits to low-income families for the household’s children such as clothing, utilities and other services. Upon approval of TANF, the recipient must participate in employment and training services through the Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) program. The MWA program helps TANF recipients transition from TANF to a job by helping set goals and get the skills needed to find a job and support the recipient’s family. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

mydss.mo.gov/temporary-assistance

The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA)

Services for formal and informal kinship (relative) providers. Two Navigators, working out of Camden County, travel to 13 counties in Missouri. CMFCAA provides clothing, food and haircut vouchers, car seats, backpacks with items, training/support groups, respite events. Area served: Audrain, Callaway, Boone, Cole, Osage, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Camden, Laclede, Phelps, and Pulaski counties.

573-298-0258
mofosteradopt.com

Valley of Hope Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Area served: Cooper, Johnson, Pettis counties.

Community of Christ Church
2000 South Ingram
Sedalia, MO 65302
660-619-8048

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

A special supplemental nutrition program that provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants. Area served: statewide throughout Missouri.

health.mo.gov/living/families/wic