Kentucky post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption support services available to families who live in Kentucky. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption support services

In Kentucky, adoptive families have access to the following services through a post-adoption support program:

  • Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.) 
  • Guidance with referral to services
  • Training/other development
  • Peer support for parents
  • Mentoring for parents

The following services may be available to families who are receiving a post-adoption subsidy:

  • Financial/material support
  • Respite care
  • Educational support
  • Residential therapeutic services: post-adoptive placement stabilization services are available for crisis response and may allow for the placement of a child in residential treatment, when necessary for the preservation of the adoptive placement.

Who is eligible for these services?

Some services are only available to families who have adopted a child from Kentucky’s foster care system who meets the special needs definition. 

  • Families who have adopted from the state’s foster care system 
  • Families who have adopted from another state’s foster care system
  • Families who have adopted internationally or privately

Who provides these services?

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services contracts with the University of Kentucky to provide Adoption Support Kentucky (ASK), offering training and peer support to adoptive families. They also contract with Murray State University to offer the Kentucky Foster and Adoptive Parent Training Support Network. Additional services are provided by regional post-adoption workers to families who are receiving a post-adoption subsidy. For more information or to contact your regional Department of Community-Based Services, visit the Kentucky FACES website.

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Statewide association

Kentucky Foster & Adoptive Care Association

Parent groups

Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana
Location: Louisville

Adoption Support for Kentucky
Location: Lexington

Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc.
Location: Lexington

Buckhorn-Kentucky River Treatment Foster Care and Adoption Services
Location: Buckhorn

DCCH Center for Children and Families
Location: Ft. Mitchell

Fayette Co Adoptive Parents Support Group
Location: Lancaster

Foster & Adoptive Families of Fayette County
Location: Lexington

Holly Hill Children's Home
Location: California

Home of the Innocents
Location: Louisville

Kentucky Foster and Adoptive Parent Training Support Network
Location: Murray

Lake Cumberland Adoption Support
Location: Whitley City

Mary Kendall Campus Adoption & Family Services
Location: Owensboro