AGAPE/Association for Guidance Aid Placement & Empathy
615-781-3000 ext. 227
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4555 Trousdale Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
Organization Details



Our mission is to strengthen children and families with the healing love of Christ through counseling and social services.


AGAPE was founded in 1966 and opened its doors in 1967. Area church leaders recognized the need for an organization that would provide foster care and counseling services for unwed, pregnant women and foster and adoptive care for their infants and established AGAPE to meet these needs. It soon became apparent that there was a great need for foster and adoptive care for older children and this service was added to the existing programs. In an effort to strengthen and support families, especially those experiencing difficult life issues such as relationship problems, grief and divorce to more serious clinical issues like depression, anxiety ADHD or various disorders such as eating disorders, etc., counseling for families and individuals was added to the services after a few years. AGAPE's purpose is to ensure that every child in our care has a loving, stable family. We also strive to assist individuals and families when problems arise, by making Christian Professional Counseling available, crisis care for children, maternity counseling for birth mothers and other support services, regardless of clients financial circumstances. In July, 2018, Morning Star Sanctuary merged with AGAPE and became Morning Star Domestic Violence Program.



1. Used resources wisely to continue to care for a large number of people

2. AGAPE's Counseling Program provided 11,665 sessions of which 723 were telephone-based and 1,007 were web-based during fiscal year 2020. There were an average of 615.3 clients per month.

3. Our Social Services Program provided care for 73 children during our 2020 fiscal year and seven of the children were adopted. Overall there were a total of 13,864 days of care for children who needed homes.

4. In 2020, AGAPE was re-accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation.

5. Morning Star Domestic Violence Program had 434 calls on the Crisis Hotline, sheltered 219 adults and children for a total of 6,433 bed nights, prepared 1,205 Orders of Protection, had 50 participants in our mentoring program and provided therapy for 47 victims in fiscal year 2020.


1. Grow and expand sustainable social services programs for children and families in the community.

2. Be the leading provider of Christian Counseling and Psychological Services.

3. Expand services at Morning Star Domestic Violence Program.


• Additional foster parents who are willing to foster teens

• Increased funding for top quality mental health counseling for clients who are unable to pay the full cost

• Competitive salaries for trauma informed advocates at Morning Star Domestic Violence Shelter

• Assistance with facilities maintenance

• Funding for staff training and self-care

CEO Statement

AGAPE offers a unique service we refer to as Crisis Foster Care. Many families, especially single moms, find themselves often in a crisis situation choosing between caring for their child or children, or working on getting their lives in order and recovering from their own poor choices of drug and alcohol use. AGAPE provides homes for children and case plans for families so the parent(s) can know there child is safe while they get back on track and responsibly care for their children in the future. This program is a voluntary program and receives no service revenue from the Department of Children Services. AGAPE is unique because of its close association with churches of Christ through the years. While not exclusively supported by churches of Christ, AGAPE continues to be blessed by those relationships. Those relationships have allowed AGAPE to expand and grow into the broader faith community as well as the civic and business community in Middle Tennessee. AGAPE supports and encourages the practice of the faith community working together with the civic and business community to improve the lives of those most vulnerable in our communities. We believe that those most vulnerable are children and those that have made poor choices in their past but now are searching for healing personally and for their family and need somewhere to turn for unconditional love and support. AGAPE believes in a fundamental truth that each individual is uniquely created in the image of our Creator and should be treated with the dignity, respect and unconditional love regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or gender. We believe that as a faith based organization, we have a God given responsibility to help even the least of those in our community who need our help. AGAPE's mission is to serve children and families in Middle Tennessee through counseling and psychological services, adoption services, crisis foster care services and maternity counseling services. We believe in offering these services to those in the community regardless of their financial ability. We believe that every child deserves a safe and loving home and that strong, loving families provide safer and healthier communities for all to live.

Board Chair Statement

AGAPE looks forward to continuing and expanding its role in serving the Nashville/Middle Tennessee community in the coming years.

Service Categories

Primary Category: Human Services  - Foster Care 
Secondary Category: Mental Health & Crisis Intervention  - Counseling 
Tertiary Category: Housing, Shelter  - Temporary Housing 

Areas Served

Middle Tennessee.

TN - Davidson
TN - Dickson
TN - Lawrence
TN - Maury
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Sumner
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson