CASA program graduates first class of local child advocates

Eight volunteers (of 10 total) are sworn in by Judge Jon Beetem, left, as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. The CASA program features 40 hours of training to help people become advocates for the best interest of the abused or neglected child in the 19th Judical Circuit of Missouri.

Eight volunteers (of 10 total) are sworn in by Judge Jon Beetem, left, as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. The CASA program features 40 hours of training to help people become advocates for the best interest of the abused or neglected child in the 19th Judical Circuit of Missouri. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

There are now 11 more people in the Capital City ready and able to help families finding themselves in the midst of family circuit court proceedings.

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On Monday night, the Capital City CASA program’s first class of 11 graduates was sworn in as officers of the court by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem.

Lori Hodges, CASA volunteer, has wanted since she was small to serve as a person to whom children could talk about anything.

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