In a perfect world, every teenager would be nurtured by a loving family, attend challenging rewarding schools and live in
supportive communities. But the reality is, that not every teenager has or will have this environment or these opportunities.
Ashley's Children fills the gaps between what our young individuals deserve and what life has dealt them. We are a State of
Tennessee child welfare, non-profit organization established to assist youths who are leaving foster care and the juvenile
Recent estimates indicate there are approximately 8,000 young individuals in the foster care system in the State of Tennessee.
More than half are teenagers and are often not prepared to live independently.
For questions about our programs, please call 1-615-283-3013
Teenagers who are exiting the foster care system show us that there is a need for increased assistance to support these individuals in their
transition from foster care to independent living. This is due to the increased likelihood of being early parents, involvement with
unstable relationships, not graduating from high school, lower school performance, increased health and mental problems,
homelessness, substance abuse, and a higher rate of unemployment. Ashley's Children provides the necessary services to assist our
teens to develop the skills and competencies necessary for a successful transition to adulthood.
ASCC accepts the concept that every teenager who enters our program will understand their voice and ideas matter in our society.
We will provide a safe environment to attain the fullest potential in our curriculum.
We will honor each person’s uniqueness and acknowledge the diversity that each individual brings to our organization and community.
We promise to provide constant and complete dedication to our cause. Our faithfulness and devotion wishes to teach each individual
we encounter to be trustworthy adults.
We will attempt to build confidence in each one of our youths and develop in each one of them the self-knowledge they are highly
esteemed individuals. We will do this through our commitment and accountability to them.
Adolescence is a stage in our lives that all of us experience in our lifetime. We will dedicate ourselves to assist our youths to
reach their goals and dreams.
Message from ASCC
It is our mission to educate and empower youths in the foster care and juvenile justice system,
to make a successful transition to responsible adulthood. Our nine programs will teach them the introductory skills to prepare
them for independent living in the Nashville and surrounding communities.
that our youths will master are Career Planning, Communication, Community Resources & Involvement,
Daily Living, Housing & Money Management, Self Care, Social Relationships, Transportation and Work Life.
Tennessee Department of Children's Services Guides
Train to Report Child Abuse
What Happens When A Child And Family Are Involved with DCS?
Children's Rights Handbook
DCS is the Agency Mandated Investigate Child Abuse and Nelgect
Resource Parent Handbook
Roles of the Resource Parent in Preparing Youth for Independence