Ways to be Involved

Volunteer Programs

The Juvenile Court has various volunteer opportunities. All Volunteers must submit to a required background check before being assigned a position. The largest volunteer program of the Juvenile Court is the Foster Care Review Board Program (FCRB). FCRB volunteers are citizens from the community who are provided training on legal and child welfare issues so they can:

  • Thoroughly review each month’s cases of children in out of home placements; and
  • Make recommendations to the Court and to custodial agencies that will facilitate a permanent home for every child

If you are interested in serving on a FCRB, contact Patty Swartwout via email @ PattySwartwout@jis.nashville.org.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA’s mission is to provide trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children who appear before Davidson County Juvenile Court as a result of abuse or neglect.
CASA volunteers are appointed to:

  • Find facts for the Judge by thoroughly researching the background of cases
  • Speak on behalf of children in the courtroom and submit a written report to the Court
  • Act as watchdogs for the children during the life of each case

CASA volunteers complete 36 hours of training prior to being appointed to a case of abuse or neglect. Their only agenda is to express the child’s needs and point of view and what is in the best interest of the child. They bring training, experience, and a thorough knowledge of the Court system to the cases.

When a CASA volunteer is involved in a case, children are:

  • more likely to stay out of the child welfare system
  • more likely to stop continually moving from foster home to foster home
  • more likely to be adopted
  • more likely to be successful in school
  • more likely to remain in a stable, caring home

In 2014, 174 CASA volunteers served 442 children. More volunteers are needed to serve all the cases. If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer call 615-425-2383 or visit www.casanashville.org.

Internship Program

The internship program is a cooperative effort between local universities, colleges, and institutions to place senior level college students in an internship with probation officers and judicial officers so they may prepare for professional practice. The Court averages 4 interns per semester of school. If you are a senior level college student interested in an internship contact, please contact us @ STARteam@jis.nashville.org.

You also may apply online by clicking here to access our Application for Internship.