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  • CASA Volunteers Strengthen a Growing Program in Glasgow

    Mark Douglass, For the Courier|Jan 25, 2017

    Cyndi Baillargeon and Linda Pischel were sworn in Jan. 18 by the Honorable Judge Yvonne Laird to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in the Seventeenth Judicial District Court of Montana. Baillargeon and Pischel recently completed the FLEX Learning course, an online and classroom hybrid for CASA introduction and training. CASAs investigate, facilitate, advocate, and monitor child abuse cases. A CASA gets to know a child one-on-one, meeting at least once a month. They also focus on one set of siblings at a time. A CASA can provide... Full story

  • One Special Child

    Mark Douglass, Covering CASA|Dec 14, 2016

    There are many lenses to witness the magic of Christmas, but the most important focus is on the Christ child. Central to the Christmas story is that Jesus entered the world as a helpless infant, born into a soon-to-be-refugee family, who would live in the shadow of danger his entire life. Looking at the trauma surrounding his youth, is it any wonder that Jesus spoke out for the child? Of course, Jesus had an extraordinary mother, always nearby and ready to protect him…but there are children in Valley County who aren’t so lucky. Abused and neg...