ParentLink connects families to thousands of resources across Missouri! We understand the unique needs of kinship families and are ready to help kinship caregivers learn about and access programs and services to meet their needs and the needs of the children they are raising. 

Additional resources for more specific needs can be accessed by emailing us at parentlink@missouri.edu or calling ParentLink’s Kin-4-Kid Line: 1-833-KIN-4-KID (1-833-546-4543) or WarmLine: 1-800-552-8522 or 573-882-7323.

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


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Basic Needs

Find essential resources in the following areas:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Utilities Assistance
  • Material Goods
  • Transportation
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Individual and Family Support

Find individual and family support resources in the following areas:

  • Child Care
  • Child Development
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Employment
  • Income Support
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Education

Find education resources in the following areas:

  • Education Support
  • Virtual Tutoring
  • Homeschool
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Kinship Corners

Visit locations in the state where kinship caregivers and their families have free access to a computer with internet service and printer. Kinship Corners are located in the following areas:

  • Central Missouri: ParentLink Central Office in Columbia
  • Southeast Missouri: Outreach Community Support Center in Pemiscot County and New Madrid County Family Resource Center in New Madrid County

To learn more about our Kinship Corners, please contact our Central Kinship Specialist at 573-823-4044 to access the Central Missouri Corner and our Southeast Kinship Navigator at 573-823-8350 to access the Southeast Missouri Corners.


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Additional Information

AARP Grandparent Information Center

Offers resources for grandparents of all types – those living close by or long distance, grandparents raising grandchildren, step grandparents, or those with visitation issues.


Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)


Center for Parent Information & Resources


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.


Generations United

A national membership organization focused on improving the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. Their website provides resources, fact sheets, and information about local, regional, state, and national support groups and services for grandparents raising grandchildren.


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.


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.


National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections

The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections is a training, technical assistance, and information services organization dedicated to help strengthen the capacity of State, local, Tribal and other publicly administered or supported child welfare agencies.


North American Council on Adoptable Children

An organization dedicated to those grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising their grandchildren, their nieces or nephews either by court order or voluntarily. The website provides online support groups, information and referrals for kin caregivers.


Relatives as Parents Program

Listings of local, regional, and state relatives-as-parents programs, state fact sheets on kinship care, and links to other relatives-as-parents program websites and resources.


U.S. Department of Education Parent Sites