Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court offers programs to support families and youth transitioning through the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Later in 1997, with funding from the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act, the organization hired its first executive director. In 1998, a grant was received from the Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation to start a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. Portsmouth CASA has been in operation continuously since 1999 and has been fully accredited every year by The National CASA Association.
Later in the same year, the Beazley Foundation supported the creation of the Community Service Program. Funding was secured from the Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation to launch the Transportation Motivating Change (TMC) program.