Are you the caregiver or parent of a child who is impacted by incarceration?

We’re here for our families! We offer weekly programs for parents and caregivers along with programs for kids, mentors and more.

Caregiver Chat

We offer a weekly group call led by WJRF volunteers. Discussion involves topics such as mindfulness, self care, and/or any topics the group decides. For details on how to join, please reach out to us.

Second Thursday

Our monthly support group for parents and caregivers is led by a licensed counselor. 

Parent Cafe

A parent café is a place where parents of all types can gather and share their stories, their experiences, their worries, their fears, their wisdom, and find community and strength together. Our cafes are offered monthly and are led by current caregivers and peers.


Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing is a PreK-12th grade group concept aligned to state and national standards. K.R.U.S.H. was created for students who are dealing with parents, guardians and family members that are or have been incarcerated. All Franklin County schools offer KRUSH. If your child isn’t currently attending KRUSH, please let us know and we will connect them!

Teen Outreach Programs

We connect with teens through Middle and High School Outreach programs, mentorships, lifeskill classes, extracurricular sponsorships, scholarships and more. If you have a teen that has been impacted by incarceration, let’s get them plugged into our programs!

Family Fellowship Events

We host seasonal events for our families. These events are free and fun for all ages and also give us an opportunity to spend one on one time with our kids, caregivers and family units.

Family Literacy Program

at Thorn Hill Education Center

Thorn Hill's Family Literacy Program partners with the community to ensure you and your family can grow together by participating in parent and child educational programs.

Adult Education, Children's Education, Parent and Child Time, Parent Time

Benefits of Literacy Program:

Earn Gift Cards for Participation

Free Computer Lab Access
Fun Activities for Your Family
Earn Points to Shop
Licensed Social Worker Available

Free Computer Classes

Free Panera Bread and Resource Help

Reduced Rate on Gym Rentals

Parents Meetings with Free Food and Childcare

Resources for You

We offer extracurricular sponsorships for our kids. Contact us for more information.

This program is through Community Action and provides stipends to grandparents/caregivers raising children. Caregiver does not have to provide proof of custody, rather prove that child resides with them. Call 1-866-665-7921.

at Thorn Hill Education Center

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The WJRF offers support to those in transition or working on re-entry. Our Family Transition Coordinator works directly inside the jail and is here to support our families. Contact us for more information.

Apply for state assistance online including food stamps, medical card, kinship care and childcare assistance.

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The Guide for Supporting Children Who Have a Parent Incarcerated is not intended to be a definitive or exhaustive resource. Instead, it is a quick, approachable document that has easy-to-use tips, suggestions, and statewide resources that adults, both incarcerated and not, can use. Read more

YES Cards are available for Franklin County students. Learn more.

In Franklin County, mental health counseling is available to meet with child at their school. Call 502-352-2208.

A guide to jail visiting in Kentucky. Read More.

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Parent Cafés are FREE parent-led get-togethers that encourage parents/caregivers to openly talk about the challenges of caring for a child(ren) and share ways to strengthen their families. This is an opportunity for parents/caregivers to learn from each other in a fun and supportive atmosphere. In the Parent Café model, a parent is defined as any adult providing care for a child. Learn more.

WJRF offers monthly Parent Cafes. View our Calendar.

Training for healthy child development and more. Read more.

Educational Videos and Webinars

Offering resources for families. 

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The WJRF offers video visitation for our youth to visit with incarcerated parents. Support for travel is also available. Contact us for more information.

Youth Referral

To register your child for Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation programs, services and contact, please fill out this form.

Contact Us

We want to hear from you! If you are not receiving weekly texts and emails from WJRF, please complete the Child/Youth Application or reach out to us to update your contact information.