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Upper Cumberland Relative Caregiver Program

The Upper Cumberland Relative Caregiver Program serves families in the Upper Cumberland region who are raising relative children who are not in state custody. Children and relative caregivers can receive support services such as Family Advocacy/Case Management, Support Groups, Emergency one time Financial/Start-Up Assistance Educational Workshops, Respite & Enrichment Acitivites, Material Assistance and Information and Referrals and is funded by the Department of Children Services.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Relative Caregiver Program, the family must:
1. Have primary care and control of the child through informal family arrangements or through legal custody or guardianship
2. The child must be age 18 or under
3. The relative caregiver and their spouse must take part in an in-home assessment and provide supporting documentation
4. The caregiver must be able to provide a safe home and the child must reside in the home
5. The relative caregiver must be related to the child by blood, marriage or adoption
6. In order to receive emergency financial or start up assistance from the program, the family cannot be in receipt of any type of kinship payment of subsidy (i.e. Foster Care Board Payment, Families First Kinship Care or Subsidized Guardianship) and the household income cannot exceed twice the current Federal Poverty guideline.
7. All families served through the Relative Caregiver Program must physically and legally reside within the counties identified in the contract.

How to get started

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

Cookeville

1225 South Willow Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38506
Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm
ucdd.org
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