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News Release

Date: 3/29/2007

ATSU-KCOM students become advocates for abused, neglected children

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – On March 18, nineteen ATSU-KCOM students and one student spouse took oaths of office as newly sworn Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele presided over the official swearing-in of the new advocates. As trained CASA volunteers, the advocates will represent the interests of children involved in certain legal proceedings.

The students volunteered to serve the Adair County CASA program after completing a service-learning elective course offered at ATSU-KCOM. The course develops the students’ written and oral communication skills and lends an understanding of difficult family dynamics, the court system, child behavior, and cultural issues.

“The Adair County CASA program advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children within the juvenile court system,” said Patricia Sexton, faculty sponsor of the KCOM CASA program. “Based on the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and permanent home, the students will work within the Adair County court system to serve as the child’s advocate and to represent the child’s best interest in juvenile court.”

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A.T. Still University is the leading institution at the forefront of multidisciplinary healthcare education founded on the principles of whole person care. It boasts the nation’s newest – and Arizona’s first – dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health,and the world’s first osteopathic medical school, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. The University also provides osteopathic medical education through its newest school, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. In addition, it offers online health management training programs through its School of Health Management and trains healthcare professionals in several allied health fields through the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.