Our mission is to advocate for hope, healing, and permanency for abused and neglected children in juvenile court by providing trained volunteer advocates in the Nashville community.
We want all children of Nashville to feel safe, loved, and protected. Our long-term vision includes a world where there is no need for CASA, Department for Children’s Services (DCS) or the Juvenile Justice System. However, we recognize this is a dream that is a long time into the future.
But we must begin to work towards this vision now. It is achievable if we properly equip all families, systems, and structures so that every child is loved, safe and in a permanent home as quickly as possible. We want Davidson County to be a community that does not turn a blind eye to any child who is in need or hurting. Children will not be treated as “cases,” but as children.
As an organization, we will be a catalyst for legislative, structural and cultural changes. This will be achieved through establishing respectful, collaborative partnerships with child-serving agencies across Davidson County to help us advocate for children and educate our community.
Our advocates will be the single point of truth for abused and neglected children and tell the child’s whole story. We will increase our capacity to serve so that every child who needs a trained CASA volunteer will get one. CASA of Nashville will be the benchmark, gold standard for advocacy of children who are victims of abuse and neglect.
The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program came to Nashville in 1983 when it was established by the Junior League of Nashville and the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. Together, these organizations provided start-up funding and formed the first steering committee. CASA Nashville was the first of 30 local CASA programs serving 52 counties across Tennessee in 2016. The organization operates under a state and national CASA network and is bound to National Standards for operations, volunteer training, and supervision of volunteers.
Since 1984, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program has served Nashville by speaking for abused and neglected children caught in the court system and helping them find safe and permanent homes. Too many children, who through no fault of their own, face a crucial turning point in their lives without a voice. CASA’s trained volunteer advocates speak exclusively for each child and give them hope.
When CASA is involved, the results are remarkable. Children are more likely to:
- Stay out of the welfare system
- Be successful academically in school
- Remain in a stable and caring home
Every child deserves a chance. Every child deserves a safe home. Get involved with CASA today, so you can proudly “Lift up a child’s voice. A child’s life.”
Who receives a CASA are more likely to stay in a safe, permanent home.
Of your donations go directly to CASA’s mission of advocating for abused and neglected children.
Children come to the attention of Davidson County’s courts each year due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.