Project STARFISH provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers) to advocate for youth who have become involved in the Juvenile Justice system AND have a history of being involved with the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) due to neglect and/or abuse.

This project provides trained Volunteers to work with youth, help them learn to advocate for themselves, and help empower and support the youth and their families to make lasting changes.

CASA Nashville provides trained Volunteers to serve youth and their families to advocate for their needs, help inform the courts about progress and suggest services, and assist in getting needed services in place. CASA Volunteers engage weekly with youth and build an important connection.

They stay with the youth until the case is closed. and are sometimes the only consistent adult in the youth’s life during this time. This connection makes a big difference!

The CASA STARFISH program has been an excellent addition to our services and programs at Juvenile Court. We know that one of the keys to success with our youth is to have caring adults who support them and hold them accountable. It has been a great help to have our CASA workers involved in our delinquency cases. They are uniquely qualified to help them, not only take responsibility for their behaviors, but to help them grow into the better person that we know they can be.
– General Stacy Miller, Davidson County Juvenile Court

For more information on how our new program is performing,

check out our Year One Progress Report