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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • CASA welcomes new volunteers

  • Four new members of Missouri's 10th Judicial Court's Court Appointed Special Advocates (better known as CASA) were sworn in to their volunteer positions by Bringer Shepherd.
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  • Usually a courtroom is a place where verdicts are read, rulings are made and fate is met. Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd knows all about that. But once in a while a courtroom is a place where good things happen. And Monday was proof. Four new members of Missouri's 10th Judicial Court's Court Appointed Special Advocates (better known as CASA) were sworn in to their volunteer positions by Bringer Shepherd. Missouri Rep. Lindell Schumake was also on hand and CASA Program Director Pamela Adkinson, led the short celebration. Sworn into their positions of helping children who are separated from their families for various reasons and situations were Jalene Tuley, Phillip Rose, Bertie Rose and Sue Booth. "Our goal is to move children into permanent placements as soon as possible," Adkinson said. Inspiration to join for Tuley came a mission trip she took. "I opens your eyes. You see things you've never seen before," Tuley said. "I just believe everybody needs somebody." For Phillip Rose, this will be his opportunity to help children. He has kids of his own, but experiencing what it took to help young girls find a home made him want to take the time and go through all the training CASA requires. "I'm just wondering how I'll handle the business," he said. "I'm quite sure it'll bring it's adventures."

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