Adoption Support For Kentucky

Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) is an award-winning program that utilizes innovative training modalities and inclusive support group practices to meet the needs of foster, adoptive, relative, and fictive-kin caregivers throughout the Commonwealth.

ASK works to strengthen families by reducing caregiver stress and increasing parental competence through trainings and support groups from seasoned facilitators and trainers who have lived experiences with foster and adoptive care.

ASK support groups and trainings are available face-to-face and virtually through the ASK Virtual Interaction Program (ASK-VIP). All trainings provided by ASK meet the state requirements for ongoing training.

Due to COVID limitations, all ASK Trainings and Support Groups are currently being held virtually.  

ASK Support Groups

  • Provide a safe, inclusive, and compassionate environment to share and receive peer support
  • Foster a sense of community among foster/adoptive parents
  • Enable members to share experiences, resources, and challenges, confidentially and among those who share the unique experience of fostering and adopting
  • Support group facilitators are trained facilitators who have lived experiences with fostering, adopting and/or relative caregiving
  • Specialized support groups (LGBTQ+ and Transracial Foster/Adoptive Parents and more) bring together foster/adoptive parents who share unique strengths and challenges beyond those that all foster/adoptive parents may have in common

ASK Trainings

  • Provide relevant resources, information, and skills related to foster/adoptive parenting
  • Experienced facilitators encourage engagement and interaction to create a learner centered environment
  • ASK-VIP trainings allow foster/adoptive parents to participate virtually from wherever they are
  • ASK in-person and virtual trainings provide 1.5 hours of elective ongoing training credit in an interactive setting, that will count towards the 50% face-to-face ongoing training requirement from DCBS.


If you have questions about ASK, please email ASK@uky.edu, call 1-888-44-ASKKY, or text ASKKY to 888-845-0189.

ASK

by the numbers

45+

Support groups and trainings offered monthly

45,000+

Hours of training provided annualy

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ASK

spotlights

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