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Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program

The University of Tennessee Relative Caregiver Program (RCP) is an option available for relatives to care for non-custodial children who require out-of-home care.  Children and relative caregivers receive supportive services geared toward self-sufficiency and stability to ensure the child is able to stay within the family instead of entering foster care.  The Department of Children's Services (DCS) is not involved.  The family does not receive a monthly stipend through the program, but rather has access to several other opportunities to support them. The program first launched in the Shelby, Davidson and Upper Cumberland regions, and was implemented statewide in 2006.  More information is available at the Tennessee Department of Children's Services website.

The Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program is located at 239 South Dudley Street, Memphis, TN 38104. For more information about our services, please contact us at (901) 448-3133 or

  • Family Advocacy/Short-term Case Management
  • Youth and Teen Activity Groups
    • GEMS (Girls ages 6-18)
    • HEROES (Boys ages 6-18)
    • YEP!
  • Emergency One-time Financial or Start-up Assistance
  • Educational Workshops
  • Information and Referral
  • Caregiver Respite and Enrichment
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Material Assistance
Caregiver Support Groups

Relative Caregiver Supports are currently held 3 times each month:

The 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month are held by conference call or in-person from 11:00am-1:00pm

The 2nd Thursday of each month is held by conference call only from 11am-1:00pm

In-person groups are located at the Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program, 239 South Dudley Street, Memphis, TN 38104

*To join by conference call, dial 1-530-881-111 and enter 360645#. 


For assistance, please dial (901) 448-3133 and request assistance from Amira Randolph.

Volunteer Opportunities

This component of the Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program is designed to facilitate the social development of adolescents participating in the program. Volunteers are encouraged to assist youth with long-term and short-term goal setting, as well as participate in structured and unstructured recreation activities.  Volunteers must complete and pass a background check.

Volunteers must demonstrate the following as qualifications:

  • Interest and concern for young people
  • Desire and ability to work with at-risk youth
  • Basic sensitivity to challenges youth in RCP face
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

  • Children and Teens Groups which occur on the 3rd Saturday of each month
  • Summer Recreational Activities such as skating, movies, and field days
  • During events such as our Holiday Celebration, Hearts of Gold, and Mega Support Group
  • During "whole family events" which occur during spring months

For more information, please visit the program websites for GEMS, HEROS, and YEP!

Links and Resources

Local Resources/Partners

Other State RCP programs


Jul 22, 2024