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From left: Lisa Dresner of Boone County, Linda Willenburg of Fulton, Mary Beth Stephens of Hatton and Trent Willenburg of Fulton are sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children Tuesday. Stephens and the Willenburgs are the first class from Callaway County to enter the program, which matches volunteers with foster children to have an advocate during court proceedings.

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CASA kicks off in Callaway as three volunteers are sworn in

Callaway County foster children now have three new friends they can count on. Linda and Trent Willenburg of Fulton and Mary Beth Stephens of Hatton were sworn in as non-attorney officers of the court Tuesday at the Callaway County Courthouse, to participate in the newly founded Callaway arm of Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a group that matches volunteers with children to stand up for them as they go through the foster system.

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