Tenth Circuit Presiding Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd announced that more than 30 attorneys and a volunteer court appointed special advocate from Northeast Missouri attended the Eighth Annual Training for attorneys appointed to represent children in need.

Tenth Circuit Presiding Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd announced that more than 30 attorneys and a volunteer court appointed special advocate from Northeast Missouri attended the Eighth Annual Training for attorneys appointed to represent children in need.

The training was held at the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal on Friday, June 15. This year's speakers included Diane Addison with Hannibal Parents as Teachers, who spoke about the Parents as Teachers Program in the school districts and the Vandalia Women's Correctional Facility, and she also presented information about shaken baby syndrome, the stages of childhood emotional and social development, and the effects of drugs and alcohol on child development.

In addition, Phil McIntosh, who has served as the Second Circuit Guardian Ad Litem for more than 20 years, presented an extensive program about the Standards and Ethics expected of guardians ad litem, which are attorneys representing the best interests of children alleged to have been abused and neglected. Attorneys who attended the training are certified to be appointed as Guardians Ad Litem, and they receive 3.6 hours in free credit for continuing legal education and 2.6 hours for free ethics continuing education.

Judge Shepherd said, “I am very grateful for the willingness of Mrs. Addison and Guardian Ad Litem McIntosh to take time to speak with our local attorneys about current issues involving children in need. I am also very grateful for the willingness of our local attorneys to participate in this training to ensure that children are receiving representation from attorneys meeting state certification requirements.”