Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) came to Nashville in 1983 when it was established by the Junior League of Nashville alongside the local chapters of the National Council of Jewish Women. Together, both organizations provided the start-up funding and the members who formed the first steering committee. CASA Nashville was the first of 26 local CASA programs serving 45 counties across Tennessee.
Our main objective is to recruit and train community volunteers who will advocate for children who come before the court due to abuse and neglect. Once the volunteers are trained, they are appointed to a case by a judge in order to expedite the process through which the abused and neglected children are placed in safe and permanent homes. Advocates exclusively focus on the needs of the child and express those needs and the child’s point of view in court. Our volunteers’ commitment to and knowledge of their case helps provide the judge with the information necessary to make the tough decisions.