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Tennessee Valley Region Relative Caregiver Program

The Relative Caregiver Program (RCP) is a one stop shop for relatives raising non-birth children (grandparents raising grandchildren, etc.). Services link families with assistance through community resources and peer support. The Tennessee Valley Region Relative Caregiver Program serves Hamilton, Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie counties. Please contact RCP for specifics on who is eligible to participate at 1-866-735-8752

Eligibility Requirements

Are you caring for a grandchild, niece/nephew, cousin, sibling, etc.? Would you like assistance and information for relatives raising children? If so, here is a list of who qualifies for the Relative Caregiver Program: * Caregivers who have primary care and control of the child through formal or informal family arrangements. They may or may not have legal custody or guardianship. Caregivers do not have to have a formal relationship with Department of Children's Services to qualify. *Caregivers who have children who are age 18 or under; age 19, if the child will complete high school or vocational training before age 20. *Caregivers who are related to their children through blood, marriage, or adoption. *Child must live with Caregiver in Tennessee. *Caregivers who are able to provide a safe home for the child and be committed to providing that home as long as necessary and appropriate.

How to get started

  1. Use one of these methods to contact this service:
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Walk-In
    • Home Visits.
  2. Find the location closest to you below, and use their contact information.

Ages Served

All Ages of Children


1000 Riverfront Parkway
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm Some weekday nights and week-ends .