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The Relative Caregiver Program

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Crisis Support
  • Seniors


P.O. Box 4757Chattanooga, TN 37405 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Relative Caregiver Program developed out of recognition that children whose parents are unable to care for them are best served if cared for by suitable family members, rather than by unrelated caregivers. Relative Caregivers are increasing in number, and are increasingly finding they cannot provide for related children on their own. They are faced with a lack of resources, disenfranchisement, and social taboos. RCP seeks to provide accurate, easy to follow information about existing resources and empower families with the needed tools and support to fill in the gaps where existing resources are not available, thus strengthening the caregivers abilities to maintain supportive and stable environments for the children. Through a comprehensive system of information, referral, and supportive services RCP is committed to assuring these families have the support and assistance needed to meet the physical, emotional, social, academic, familial, and economic needs of these children.


The Relative Caregiver Program ("RCP") is set up to be a "One Stop Shop" for families comprised of relatives raising non-birth children. It is a comprehensive system of information, support services, and referral designed to promote stability, resource awareness, and independence for families. This program provides these families support and assistance needed to assure the child(ren) may continue in the care of the relative, and out of State Custody.


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