Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) seeks to strengthen families by reducing caregiver stress and increasing parental competence. ASK is an award winning program that has been serving foster and adoptive parents for nearly two decades through adept peer-led support groups and training initiatives. ASK utilizes seasoned facilitators and trainers who have lived experiences with fostering and adopting. ASK support groups and trainings are available face-to-face and virtually. These services are expressly designed to meet the unique needs of caregivers in an inclusive, safe and compassionate environment.
ASK support groups are available to any of Kentucky’s foster, adoptive, and relative/fictive-kin caregivers. Specialized support groups are also available for LGBTQ+, transracial, medically complex, and single foster/adoptive parents. ASK offers training on a variety of foster and adoption related topics. Through the ASK Virtual Interaction Program (ASK-VIP), parents can join an array of support groups and trainings virtually. Both ASK in-person and ASK-VIP trainings provide ongoing, elective training credit in a face-to-face setting for foster parent participants.
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 confidentiality and among those who share the unique experience of fostering and adoption
- Support group facilitators are trained facilitators who have lived experiences with fostering, adopting and/or relative caregiving
- Specialized support groups bring together foster/adoptive parents who share unique strengths and challenges beyond those that all foster/adoptive parents may have in common
- 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 ASK-VIP trainings provide ongoing, elective training credit in a face-to-face setting, which counts towards the 50% of ongoing training that’s required face-to-face
- ASK in-person support groups and trainings typically offer on-site childcare, which is always provided at no cost
If you have questions about ASK, please email ASK@uky.edu, call 1-888-44-ASKKY, or text ASKKY to 31996.