Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd announced that the third annual Christmas Party for Foster Children was held at the Paris Library on Dec. 11.

Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd announced that the third annual Christmas Party for Foster Children was held at the Paris Library on Dec. 11.

Judge Shepherd, Judge Michael Wilson, and the Monroe County Bar Association provided food, the Hannibal Arts Council provided craft projects, and Santa Claus made a special appearance. Each child attending the party received Christmas gifts arranged by the Department of Social Services, Children's Division; and the children also received Christmas cookies and a Christmas craft project.

Approximately 45 children, foster parents, social workers, CASA volunteers, and attorneys attended the festivities.

"I am so grateful to the Paris Library, the Monroe County Bar Association, Children's Division, the Hannibal Arts Council, and Santa Claus for making this such a wonderful

annual tradition for children in need,” said Judge Shepherd.

For information about becoming a foster parent, contact 1-800-554-2222; or for information about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), contact 573-221-3890.