Welcome GrandFamilies!

ParentLink GrandFamiliesModern 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.

Feel free to contact ParentLink directly with any specific questions. ParentLink has a free and confidential WarmLine staffed by Master’s level Family Support Specialists. Call 1-800-552-8522 or 573-882-7323.  All calls are confidential within the limits of the law.

Central Missouri GrandFamily Network

**At this time, our grandfamily/kinship support group is being held virtually via Zoom, weekly on Thursdays from 10am to 11am.  More information can be found here.

Guest Speaker for July! For all July support group meetings, kinship caregivers are encouraged to join us for special presentations from Marilynn King, a prevention specialist with FCC Behavioral Health Prevention Services. Outlined below are the presentation topics that you can expect this month.

July 9-Introduction to the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets

Building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

July 16-SPARKS and Why They Are Important

The interests and passions young people have within them that light a fire in their lives and express the essence of who they are and what they offer to the world.

July 23-Developmental Relationships: Why They Matter

Developmental relationships are close connections through which young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them.

See the flyer for more information on the July meetings.

We will resume in-person support groups when we are able to do so.  The Central Missouri GrandFamily Network, the support group for Boone County,  typically meets monthly on the 3rd Thursdays, from 6:00pm-7:30pm at ParentLink (4800 Santana Circle, Columbia, MO 65203).

For more information about our local support group, check out our Facebook page.

Missouri GrandFamily Support Groups

For information on GrandFamily Support groups across the state, check out our Missouri GrandFamily Support Groups page! If you do not have a local support group, you are welcome to join our Central MO GrandFamily Network‘s private Facebook page where you can connect with other GrandFamilies.

Missouri GrandFamily Coalition

The Missouri GrandFamily Coalition is comprised of professionals from various family serving agencies throughout the state of Missouri.  The Coalition is organized for the purpose of supporting Grandfamilies and providing statewide leadership to this population and:

  • Educating/Disseminating sound information
  • Convening for action on relevant issues
  • Incubating new ideas
  • Serving as a repository for assistance
  • Promoting/Sharing best practices with grandparents/kinship caregivers
  • Developing and increase a diverse relative caregiver leadership base

For more information on the Coalition or to reach out to the agencies that are part of the Coalition, check out our open Facebook page for the Missouri GrandFamily Coalition. Please note that this Facebook page is an open page and not a place to share private information.

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.

For information on ParentLink’s GrandFamily programming, call 1-800-552-8522 or 573-882-7323 or email parentlink@missouri.edu.

Statewide Resources

National Resources

AARP Grandparent Information Center
601 E Street, NW | Washington, DC 20049
Offers resources for grandparents of all types – those living close by or long distance, grandparents raising grandchildren, step grandparents, or those with visitation issues.

KIN – Kinship Information Network (North American Council on Adoptable Children)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106 | Saint Paul, MN 55114
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.

National Coalition for Grandparents
137 Larkin St. | Madison, WI 53705
Contact: Ethel Dunn
A coalition of grandparent caregivers who work for legislation and other policy changes in support of relative caregivers.

Relatives as Parents Program
Contact: Melinda Perez-Porter, mpp@brookdalefoundation.org
This website provides 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.

Generations United
1331 H Street NW, Suite 900 | Washington, DC 20005
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.

Starkey Hearing Foundation – HEAR NOW Program
6700 Washington Ave. South |Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Military One Source
Military OneSource is free to service members and their eligible family members. Your work will help them build on their strengths, teach them to maximize their support systems, and help them find community resources to meet their needs.

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.