Relative Caregiver Program helps keep kids out of Tennessee’s foster system

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 09, 2023 4:00 AM CT | Published: March 09, 2023 4:00 AM CT

Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program has helped more than 9,000 children stay with family members — keeping them out of Tennessee’s foster care system, which has the highest rate of foster care instability in the country.


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Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki has spent the better part of two decades writing about Memphis. A former digital journalist for WMC Action News 5 and staff reporter for Memphis Daily News, her work has also appeared in The Commercial Appeal, High Ground News, I Love Memphis, Inside Memphis Business, The Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent, Memphis Magazine and Tri-State Defender. 


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