Sixth Annual Monroe County Christmas Party for Foster Children

January 03, 2019
Pictured left to Right:  Attorney Dick Fredrick, Sam Smith, Jesse Worrell
with the Hannibal Arts Council, Michael Gaines, Executive Director of the
Hannibal Arts Council, Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick,
Haley Zeier. Dede Mitchell, Deborah Hook,
 Children's Division Circuit Manager Stacy Martin, Children's Division
caseworker Samantha Gosney, Children's Division caseworker Courtney
Hirstein, Monroe County Associate Judge Michael Wilson, Deputy Juvenile
Officer Sue Walker, Bradley Saxbury; Children's Divison caseworker Lori
Greenup, Santa Claus who was a special guest of Robert Ensor; foster parent
Wanda Allen, foster parent Jessica Chase, foster parent TracyLeigh Huffman,
foster parent Brian Chase, Children's Division caseworker Gayle Threlkeld,
Dian Lawson, Attorney Floyd Lawson, Tenth Circuit Presiding Judge Rachel
Bringer Shepherd. Pictured left to Right: Attorney Dick Fredrick, Sam Smith, Jesse Worrell
with the Hannibal Arts Council, Michael Gaines, Executive Director of the
Hannibal Arts Council, Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick,
Haley Zeier. Dede Mitchell, Deborah Hook,
Children's Division Circuit Manager Stacy Martin, Children's Division
caseworker Samantha Gosney, Children's Division caseworker Courtney
Hirstein, Monroe County Associate Judge Michael Wilson, Deputy Juvenile
Officer Sue Walker, Bradley Saxbury; Children's Divison caseworker Lori
Greenup, Santa Claus who was a special guest of Robert Ensor; foster parent
Wanda Allen, foster parent Jessica Chase, foster parent TracyLeigh Huffman,
foster parent Brian Chase, Children's Division caseworker Gayle Threlkeld,
Dian Lawson, Attorney Floyd Lawson, Tenth Circuit Presiding Judge Rachel
Bringer Shepherd.

Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd announced that the sixth annual Monroe County

Christmas Party for Foster Children was held at the Paris Senior Citizens

Community Center on December 12, 2018. Judge Shepherd, Judge Michael

Wilson, and the Monroe County Bar Association provided food, the Hannibal

Arts Council provided craft projects, and Santa Claus, who was a special

guest of Robert Ensor, 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 homemade

Christmas cookies and a Christmas craft project. More than fifty children,

foster parents, social workers, volunteers, and attorneys attended the

festivities. Judge Shepherd stated, "I am so grateful to the Paris Senior

Citizens Community Center, the Monroe County Bar Association, the Hannibal

Arts Council, Children's Division, and Santa Claus for making this such a

wonderful annual tradition for children in need." If you are interested in

more information about becoming a foster parent, please contact Courtney

Hirstein at Children's Division at 573-406-6941, or if you are interested

in more information about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate

(CASA), please contact 573-221-3890.