Children and relative caregivers enrolled in the state program can receive supportive services such as information and referral, access to support groups, respite care and family advocacy assistance.  DCS does not have oversight and the care-giver family does not receive a monthly stipend through the program. 

The Relative Caregiver Program can be helpful in cases where:

  • Children are abandoned
  • Both parents have died
  • A parent is incarcerated
  • A child is being abused or neglected at home


DCS contracts with private community-based agencies to provide services in each of the 12 regions. Contact Information by the Tennessee Valley region is below.

  • Tennessee Valley 
    Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging & Disability,  866-735-8752 

For a copy of the brochure, please click on the link below.

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