Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service

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If you are one of the thousands in the state raising a relative’s child/children, you are not alone! Monthly meetings provide emotional support as well as information on available resources and parenting tips is available at the monthly support group luncheons. This program is a collaborative effort with the Family Resource Centers in Kenton County. Free child care is available upon request. 


Welcome to All Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children!

According to the US Census in 2000, there are 2,350,477 grandparents living in the USA that are responsible for raising one or more of their grandchildren.  In Kentuckky, an estimated 39,000 Kentuckians are raising their grandchildren, and a third of them have been doing it for at least five years, according to the latest census figures.

If you are one of these grandparents or relative caregivers, please know that you are not alone and there are many resources available to assist you here in Northern Kentucky.  Please browse through some of the links below for helpful information and to be put on our monthly mailing list.

  • Who we are
  • Informational Packet and Resource Manual Available
  • Join our mailing list
  • Contact us
  • Links
  • Biennial Conference

Who We Are:

The information found on this website is a facet of the family and consumer sciences area of Cooperative Extension.  Because relative caregivers are an often overlooked group in the community, we have created programming, opportunities to network, and a wealth of ongoing information just for you.

We want you to know that there are services and resources available to you as a relative caregiver, and we hope that you'll find this website helpful.

Support Groups

Being part of a support group can help you to network with other grandparents and relative caregivers in the same situation as you.  You can share your concerns, get suggestions and solutions,a nd spend some time with other adults for a change!

If interested in starting a support group in your community, please contact our office for educational resources and leadership training.

Informational Packet and Resource Manual

Keys to Great Parenting

Keys to Great Parenting is an educational program built around seven keys for unlocking an infant or toddler's wonderful capabilities.  Based on the latest brain research, the program teaches key parenting skills that stimulate optimum development.

The Keys to Great Parenting is taught at a variety of locations throughout Northern Kentucky.  Our Family and Consumer Sciences Program Assistant teaches the seven keys as a 7 session program, or each key can be presented individually.

The Keys to Great Parenting include:

  • Care For Yourself
  • Cuddle, Talk, and Read with Your Child
  • Know How Your Child Develops
  • Be playful with Your Child
  • Show Your Child the World
  • Teach Self-Control
  • Practice Health and Safety

Please call our office at 356-3155 to receive a free copy of a Grandparent & Relative Caregiver Resource Guide and informational packet.  The informational packet contains many resources you will find helpful and the guide is a valuable resource for information concerning financial and legal assistance, custody, child protection, education, and responding to emotional needs.

Vision Statement

Support the unique situation of relatives raising children by providing current resources and education in partnership with interested and concerned people.

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Looking for information about being a good grandparent, visitation rights, or raising grandchildren?  The AARP Grandparent Information Center (GIC) is here to help!  We have a variety of resources to help grandparents in various family roles.


This site strives to provide a caring, understanding environment for grandparents and relatives raising children.  We can provide a caring, sympathetic ear because we have been, or are, there now.

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Generations United (GU) is the only national organization that focuses solely on promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and policies.

GU includes more than 100 national, state, and local organizations representing more than 70 million Americans and is the only national organization advocating for the mutual well-being of children, youth, and older adults.

GU serves as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation.


Includes sections on community, legal issues, medical concerns, and how to make your life as a grandparent raising grandchildren a little easier.


Intergenerational Connections provides information to families in the areas of stress, financial issues, legal issues, parenting, and other miscellaneous topics pertaining to raising grandchildren.


This is the site of the national administration on aging.  The Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000 established the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) to assist the aging network to develop caregiver support programs.

WARNING: Some Web sites to which these materials provide links for the convenience of users are not managed by the University of Kentucky.  The University does not review, control, or take responsibility for the contents of those sites.

CYFERnet: Children Youth & Families Education Research Network

National Parent Information Network

Children's Defense Fund -

Kindship Support Hotline -

Why Won't You Behave?  Discipline Strategies With Young Children -