Kentucky Kinship Information, Navigation, and Support (KY-KINS) is an innovative one-on-one support network that matches kinship caregivers to certified peer supporters throughout the Commonwealth. KY-KINS is housed in the Kentucky Kinship Resource Center at the University of Kentucky and is provided in partnership with the Cabinet for Family and Health Services.
Our certified peer supporters have first-hand kinship care experience and have undergone extensive training to best meet the needs of the caregivers they support. In addition to emotional support, our peer supporters provide logistical support, such as helping kinship caregivers enroll in insurance, obtain financial support, and locate resources.
KY-KINS is provided at no cost and participation lasts as long as it is beneficial to the caregiver.
Join our KY-KINS network today to find the support you need.
Complete this brief form to learn more about the KY-KINS program, including information on how to apply and other available resources.
Our innovative KY-KINS one-on-one peer support network is available to every kinship caregiver* in every Kentucky county at no cost.
KY-KINS certified peer supporters have first-hand kinship care experience and understand the very real challenges faced by caregivers.
KY-KINS certified peer supporters can assist kinship caregivers in identifying and navigating resources such as insurance and financial support.
The KY-KINS innovative one-on-one peer support network is open to kinship caregivers throughout Kentucky. To see if you qualify, complete our brief form.
*While KY-KINS is unable to work with kinship caregivers who are providing foster care services for their kinship child, the Foster Parent Mentor Program is available.
KY-KINS peer supporters undergo hours of intensive training before receiving their certification.
Meet one-on-one with your certified peer supporter virtually.
Our innovative support network is available at no cost.
End your peer support relationship at any time.
Peer supporters can help you with logistical support in accessing available resources.
Meet one-on-one with your peer supporter as little as once per week.
“Raising a child costs the same whether you are a biological parent, foster parent, or kinship caregiver. Through KY-KINS, we can help kinship caregivers get the most out of the resources offered to them.”
“I’ve been a foster parent, but I’d never been in kinship. Foster parenting and kin are two totally different things. That is what led me to KY-KINS because I was completely lost. I was used to…all the things that we had to do as foster parents and then with kin, it was like I had to relearn my role.
The biggest impact was just to not feel alone, or that I was thrown into this role with nothing and had no idea what to do or how to do it…KY-KINS was like talking to an old friend.
– Nikki Allen, KY-KINS Participant
The Kentucky Kinship Resource Center provides several resources for kinship caregivers including live and on-demand virtual trainings, support groups, and more.