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Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
The Legal Aid Society enforces, advances, and defends the legal rights of low-income and vulnerable families in order to obtain for them the basic necessities of life. These necessities include healthcare, income, housing, safety from domestic violence, and relief from consumer fraud. Legal Aid also administers the Nashville Pro Bono Program, which places cases with private attorneys who volunteer their services. This grant will allow for a Legal Aid Attorney to ensure and increase the safety, stability, mental and physical health of children whose unmarried parents appear in Juvenile Court for an Order of Protection. Additionally, the Program will increase the number of trained volunteer attorneys to advocate for children in court. The Attorney will advocate for an estimated 450 children whose unmarried parent is granted an Order of Protection in Juvenile Court in 2007. The children's symptoms and health behaviors as they relate to the domestic violence situation will be tracked and reduced.