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Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program

Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program (RCP) helps support relatives who have taken on the responsibility of raising related children who are not in the custody of the state. Children and Relatives receive supportive services, such as information and referral, support groups, Recreation and Enrichment, Family Advocacy, Educational Workshops, Case Management, Material Assistance and Emergency Start up Financial Assistance. DCRCP is funded under an agreement with the Department of Children Services.

Eligibility Requirements

In order for participants to qualify for Relative Caregiver Services: The relative caregiver must be related to the child by blood, marriage, or adoption. The relative caregiver must have primary care and control of the child through informal arrangements or through legal custody. All adults living in the home must be willing to take part in an in-home assessment and provide supporting documentation verifying program eligibility. The child must be age 18 or under; age 19 if the child will complete high school or vocational/technical training before age 20. The caregiver must complete a safety home assessment to ensure home safety for child(ren) in relative’s custody. To qualify for one-time emergency financial assistance families may not be receiving any kinship payment or subsidy such as; Foster Care Board Payment and the household income cannot exceed twice the current federal poverty guidelines(www.aspe.hhs.gov/proverty/). The primary relative caregiver, the secondary caregiver (caregiver's spouse) and all of the children in the household should be counted to determine the size of the family unit.

How to get started

  1. Use one of these methods to contact this service:
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Walk-In
    • Home Visit after initial phone contact has been made
  2. Find the location closest to you below, and use their contact information.

Ages Served

All Ages of Children

Under 12 Months

Ages 1-18

Full Family Support


Nashville

309 North 16th Street
Nashville, TN 37206
8am -5pm