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East/Smoky Relative Caregiver Program

The East Relative Caregiver Program (RCP) is an option available for relatives in the East/Smoky region to care for related children who cannot live with their parents but are not in state custody. RCP families receive supportive services, such as information and referral, children support groups and adult support groups, enrichment activities, educational workshops, case management and Emergency/ Start up Financial Assistance. RCP is funded under an agreement with the Dept. of Children Service

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 you 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
    • Text
    • Walk-In
    • Face to Face Home Visits after initial phone contact has been ma
  2. Find the location closest to you below, and use their contact information.

Ages Served

All Ages of Children


1324 Lawnville Rd
Kingston, TN 37763
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm