Now more than ever, it is important for parents and caregivers to stay connected to family, friends, and professional helpers to continue to build resilient kids and families. In partnership with Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN), Face It has developed the CONNECT brochure with accompanying resources, which provides helpful reminders for ways to stay connected throughout life’s ups and downs.


Call for Help

Parenting is tough. We can all use a helping hand sometimes. Reach out for help when you or your family needs it.

No matter what is going on in your life or the lives of your family members, it is helpful to be prepared with National and Local Hotline information in case of a crisis or emergency.

Keep this helpful list handy on your fridge or in your wallet.

Kentucky Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 877-597-2331
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
YouthLine, a peer to peer support line: text “teen2teen” to 839863
Trevor Lifeline, support for LGBTQ young people under 25: text “START” to 678678 or call at 866-488-7386

Other helpful resources from around the state:

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs
Children’s Advocacy Centers
-Department of Community Based Services, provides access to SNAP benefits, childcare assistance, and Medicaid coverage: Local office search
-Kentucky Office of Homeland Security – Safe Schools.


Offer One-on-One Opportunities 

Schedule one-on-one time with each of your children – if only for 5-10 minutes each day where the focus is on that one child. During this time read a book together before bed, toss a ball in the yard, or do a favorite activity together. Make the time to play or exercise with each child. Normalize that it’s ok to not be happy all the time. Help your child take note of the times that you and your family are happy by writing down a few things they’re thankful for every day.

Check out these ideas for educational and family-fun activities with your kids:

10 Free Activities

KET Kids website
100 Books to Read before Kindergarten from Louisville Free Public Library
Mood-Boosting Tips for Families During COVID
14 Ways to Show Your Child Love
A Dozen Fun Family Rituals
Free Yoga Videos from Yoga with Adrienne


Navigate your Networks

Use community resources like schools, libraries, neighbors, and more to connect to people and places that can provide support to your family. Many are available through online platforms!

Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the Commonwealth
-Public libraries offer family and child activities for all ages, educational support, job and resume building activities, all things that can support your family. Find your local library.
Family Youth Resource Service Centers can be a central hub of resources within your child’s school, whether school is in session or not. You can call your child’s school to speak with the director of the Resource Center.
-Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) offers free background checks for Kentucky caregivers seeking babysitters or nannies.


Notice Triggers, Take Breaks, and Know When Things are Escalating

Learn which behaviors, actions, and words that might help you identify your child’s impending meltdown or tantrum. Remember, children and teens react (in part) based on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers are calm, they can provide the best support for their children in difficult or unfavorable situations.

How to Find the Behavioral Triggers That Set Your Kid Off
-Understanding YOUR parenting triggers
De-escalation Strategies: Responding to meltdowns and tantrums
-Face It: Together We Can THRIVE


Eat Together

Family meals naturally create opportunities for sharing about the day, catching up, and discussing highlights and struggles. Get your kids involved in preparing meals with you, not just eating the meals you prepare. Cooking together can bring a family together and create lasting memories.

7 Unexpected Benefits of Eating Together as a Family, According to Science
-The Family Dinner Project
Conversation Starters for Family Dinners
How to Beat Tension and Conflict from Your Family Dinner


Care for Yourself

Caregivers cannot pour from an empty cup, so it is important to take care of yourself, too. Practice self-care, which comes in a variety of forms and can take just five minutes a day. Listen to your favorite song, read, meditate, journal, practice breathing exercises, or enjoy a favorite activity. When we can take time to care for ourselves, we are in our best form to care for those we love.

-Face It: CARE for yourself and your child
-Reducing Stress through Deep-Breathing
-Getting Started with Mindfulness
-Know the Signs and Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue
10 Exercises for a Great Parent and Kid Workout


Take Time to Talk

Go for a walk or take time after dinner to catch up with your family. Talk with your child about their friendships, what they enjoy doing, and what they want to do when they grow up. Instead of asking questions like, “How was your day?” (which may get you a one-word response), try questions like: “What was your favorite part of today?”, “What did you like least about today?”, “What is a part of today you would like to do again?”, “Would you like to have a do-over for any part of today?”

Age by age guide to getting your kids to talk to you
Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus Crisis
Five Ways to Talk to Your Kids So They Feel Loved

Report It



All Kentuckians are mandated reporters. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, call the Child Protection Hotline.

1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331

For contact information in other states, please visit our Report It page.