South Central Relative Caregiver Program

SC Relative Caregiver Program

What it is?
The Relative Caregiver Program is designed to support children who are not able to be raised by their parents, and are being cared for by grandparents, uncles, aunts or other committed and caring relatives. Through respecting what is unique and special within each family the South Central Relative Caregiver Program provides information and referral about existing resources available, case management, support services, emergency financial assistance, respite, educational and enrichment activities to relatives who are providing care for a child that is not their biological son or daughter. Case management or direct services, support services and/or information and referral services have been provided to 238 caregivers and 266 children since November 2006. Relative Caregiver Program 

Must be related to the child by blood, marriage or adoption


May have a legal relationship with the child through custody or guardianship, or be raising a child informally

Relative Caregiver Program serves Bedford, Coffee, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry and Wayne counties

Provides and coordinates services for children and relative caregivers to access information to available services in the community

Provides support services and group activities

Provides educational workshops empowering caregiver’s skills for optimal care of their related children

Provides emergency financial assistance 

Provides enrichment and respite “time off” services


To make a referral contact

The Center for Family Development

100 East Side Square, Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160 

Phone 931-684-4676

 Extensions 206 or 219

Fax 931-684-5140


  • Relative Caregiver Program is a partnership with the Department of Children’s Services     

Click Here for Support Group Dates

Helpful Links for Families

Circle of Parents

FRIENDS National Resource Center

How do I get started?
Contact: The Center for Family Development at
1-888-462-2999 extensions 219 or 206. We will be happy to speak to you and discuss your specific concerns and questions.

Building forever families through the provisions of services which empowers children and families to thrive!