November 27, 2003

Childrens Division Striving To Create Awareness Of Adoption Process

While they may not have a magic wand, for many area children the staff of the Childrens Division of the Department of Social Services here in Scotland County still serve as a fairy godmother for a lot of kids in need.

One of the major roles these individuals play is in the adoption process for children that are removed from their home settings for a variety of reasons. As November is National Adoption Awareness Month this time of year the process garners a little extra attention.

Circuit Manager Barbara Blessing said the national awareness month helps bring to light not only the services available for children and families but also makes the public aware of the need for both adoption families as well as foster homes.

Locally we go in spurts as far as having children awaiting adoption but statewide our division always has children needing to be placed in adoptive homes, Blessing said.

This isnt the typical adoptive setting. Its not an orphanage for children whose parents are deceased or who have been left behind.

The Childrens Division works with kids that have had to be removed from their home for one of a number of reasons ranging from criminal or neglectful activities of parents or guardians to behavioral or discipline issues with the children themselves.

A lot of our cases begin with a hotline call, Blessing said. We receive a call from someone reporting a problem with a particular child or family. Its our job to investigate these issues and determine if further action is necessary.

This is where Amy Frederick gets involved. Frederick serves as investigator for the circuit office, covering Scotland, Clark and Schuyler counties.

Frederick is joined by representatives from local law enforcement, the juvenile office and family services in a multi-disciplinary team. They review the situation to determine if the child needs to be removed from the home.

Of course there is a big misconception that the Childrens Division is the one who takes the child out of the home, Blessing said. Thats wrong. We have no jurisdiction to do so. Removal is strictly up to the juvenile office or law enforcement.

If a child is removed from the home the Childrens Division places them with a family member or a foster home.

The first goal of the process is the ultimate reunification of the family. But Blessing said unfortunately that is not always possible.

These kids have the right to live in a safe, healthy environment, free from abuse and neglect, she said. A key to this picture is permanency, and ultimately that is what an adoptive home provides if reunification is not possible.

September was a unusual one for the First Circuit Childrens Division. There were no out of home placements in Scotland County and just three in the whole circuit. Statewide in September there were more than 400 out of home placements.

But while there were no children placed in foster care, an adoptive setting or a residential care facility in September there are currently more than 30 kids in Scotland County foster homes.

That raises the obvious concern for availability of foster care locally.

Fortunately area residents have stepped up to the challenge. There are 14 registered foster homes in the first circuit with 10 of those, right here in Scotland County. Still that is not enough as the process can be rather lengthy for the kids determining if they can return home or if they will be placed in an adoptive home.

Each case varies as there is no cookie cutter approach to the placement of children but the process is geared to try to reunite the child with his or her parents, Blessing said.

But ultimately the law mandates some form of permanency for the child. If the child is out of the home for 15 of the last 22 months another permanency plan other than reunification must be put in place.

This is where adoption enters the picture.

The first option is a kinship placement. Often the best choice is with another family member. The Childrens division reviews the home and the family member undergoes a background check to insure the fitness of the new home for the child.

If there are no kinship placement opportunities the child is placed in a foster home. In the case of a kid with behavioral issues, they can also be placed in a residential care facility to receive treatment and counseling for their problems.

There are also different levels of foster care. The traditional foster home setting is the lower level home. This home can host up to six children (including the natural children of the parents).

Level two is called the behavioral level with level three the career level, which is basically for children that are beyond parental supervision. Currently there is not a career level foster home available locally.

To become a foster home, interested parties simply must contact the Childrens Division. To become a contracted foster home, the participants must complete a 27-hour STARS course and submit to home reviews and pass criminal and child abuse and neglect background checks.

When the court takes action and terminates parental rights, if there are no family members to consider for adoption, the foster home usually has the first opportunity to be considered for adoptive placement if they have decided they are interested. Many homes choose to foster only, with no intention of ever adopting.

The goal is permanency and thats why the foster home gets an early opportunity to step forward to adopt the child as it is obviously less disruptive to the child not to have to make another move to a new home, Blessing said.

If the child is not adopted by a family member or the foster home the Childrens Division seeks another adoptive home. The ultimate decision as to a childs placement is the result of a team decision made by the guardian ad litem, the juvenile officer, Childrens Division and ultimately the Circuit Judge.

Persons wishing to adopt must complete the same process required to become a foster parent. In addition, adoptive parents must also complete the Spaulding course, which is geared toward the special needs unique to an adoptive placement. There will also have been a satisfactory home study completed before homes are considered as a potential placement.

Meanwhile children in need of adoption have profiles created by the Childrens Division. These profiles are made available to prospective adoptive parents as the process attempts to find a good match between children and the new parents

Missy Smith is the adoption specialist in Scotland County. Vicki Whitlow serves Schuyler County and Clark County is served by Ellen Sterner. Barbara Melton is the adoption supervisor for the circuit.

Gooden-Emons and Kinney-Zaerr Family Reunions Held September 25th

The descendants of Gooden-Emons and Kinney-Zaerr families gathered Sunday September 25, 2016 at the Downing Depot with 48 family members present from Iowa and Missouri. The event was hosted this year by Janet Fishback and Randy Sayre.

Janet Fishback offered grace and everyone enjoyed delicous fried chicken and carry- in side dishes and desserts.

They family played “Let’s Make A Deal” and won small prizes if you could produce items requested from pocket or purse.

We had 21 items donated to the Silent Auction and the funds will replenish next year’s meat and paper products for the 2017 reunion.

Joyce Frederick and Lisa Gooden will host next year’s event.

Those in attendance were Larry, Karen Claussen, Shelbyville Mo, Edward, Regina Gooden, Jesse, Connie Gooden, Bloomfield la, Gerald, Ken, Derek Kinney, Reinbeck la, Barbara Sparks, Mystic la, Barbara Creath, Milton la, Carolyn Rudicil, Edina Mo, Lowell, Linda Gordy, Loyd, Louise Gordy, Arbela Mo, Jennifer, Ashlyn Laws, Carla, Rick, Carsten, Bricklyn Reinbach, Glenwood Mo, Stanley Frederick, Matt, Brant Frederick, Joe Sayre, Memphis Mo, Joyce Frederick, Baring Mo, Mindy, Hailey Roberts, Donna Gooden, Juanita Gooden, Lisa Gooden, Missy, Warren, Evan, Ethan Huggins, Deb Gooden, Vance, Colby, Emma Frederick, Lancaster Mo, Clarence, Rosalie Kinney, Holly, Kennedy Gregory, Jeff Phillips, Randy, Delores Sayre, Jim, Janet Fishback, Downing Mo.

Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club Members are #4HGrown

This National 4-H Week (October 2-8 2016), the Azen Jolly Timers 4-H club members are proud to celebrate the #TrueLeaders we raise to be #4HGrown!  Nationally, 4-H is the largest youth organization with more than six million young people enrolled.

The Azen Jolly Timers club is an active, Scotland County 4-H club that meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Memphis United Methodist Church.  Our 4-H year runs from October 1st thru September 30th each year.  Throughout the year, the Azen Jolly Timers are active with an array of 4-H projects, serving our community with service projects and celebrating our accomplishments at fairs and competitions held at the local, regional, state and national levels.

We have an annual hayride and bonfire for our club members and parents, participate in the Antique Fair and parade, erect the American flags that are seen at the courthouse on federal holidays and most important…have FUN!

We will kick off 4-H week 2016 on Sunday, October 2nd with a 4-H member/family carry in dinner at the Memphis United Methodist Church.  If you are interested in joining our club, have questions about 4-H, or our service projects, please contact Christy Aylward at 660-341-7254, Lisa Doster at 573-721-0583 or our local extension office at 660-465-7255.  Check out our Facebook page too—“Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club”.

National 4-H Week October 2nd – October 9th

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The week of October 2 through 9 is National 4-H Week. 4-H members will be doing various activities to celebrate 4-H in Scotland County. I am therefore, writing this article to remind everyone just what 4-H is. 4-H is the largest volunteer led and supported youth organization in the world. Missouri 4-H is supported by the University of Missouri through local Extension Offices and Councils. It is an organization that includes the whole family; children, parents, grandparents, and other extended family members.

As a 4-H club member, youth enroll in projects and participate in group activities and meetings. The club has overall leaders and assistants as well as project and activity leaders. Projects vary from livestock to foods, from aerospace to woodworking, and from arts and crafts to entomology. Members help in the planning of the program and carrying it out. The individual 4-H club has representatives who serve on the County 4H Council and help to plan county events and programs. This is the group that plans Achievement Events, Recognition Events and sponsors fundraising for the fair and other 4-H events. 4-H Clubs in Scotland County are very active in community service. Each individual club carries out at least five community service projects. The 4-H Council sponsors the pre- and post-fair clean-up days at the fairgrounds.

4-H members who complete a 4-H year need to attend a majority of their 4-H club meetings, enroll in at least one project and finish it, and demonstrate a skill learned either by exhibiting an item they made in the art hall, exhibiting a project animal or presenting a speech, report or demonstration in a group setting such as a club meeting or Achievement Event. Youth who are members of 4-H club learn life skills that will benefit them during the rest of their life.

Youth between the ages of 8 and 18 can enroll in 4-H clubs. Younger youth between the ages of 5 and 8 can belong to Clover Kids. All ages are considered as of January 1 of the current 4-H year. According to the Scotland County 4-H Constitution, members need to attend six club meetings before the fair to exhibit in the fair. There are special alternatives to two meetings if members absolutely cannot attend their meetings. Clover Kids do not get premiums at the fair and receive special Clover Kids Ribbons because according to early childhood research, it is detrimental to members of this age to participate in competition.

4-H also reaches youth through special interest programs that are co-sponsored by 4-H and other groups. Groups that fall under this category in the surrounding area are camps including day camps, Youth Civic Engagement and others that arise from time to time. 4-H in Scotland County reaches school groups through school enrichment programs (Hatching Chicks in the Classroom) and through FNEP (Family Nutrition Education Programs).

There are three 4-H Clubs in Scotland County: the Azen Jolly Timers, the Gorin Go-Getters and the Jolly Jacks & Jills. The Azen Jolly Timers meet at the Memphis United Methodist Church Basement on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The Gorin Go-Getters meet the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the Gorin Christian Church. The Jolly Jacks and Jills meet the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Scotland County Hospital Conference Room. Clubs may sometimes change the meeting dates during the fair, for a summer picnic and swimming party or for other reasons. Clubs usually have at least two parties per year.

4-H Clubs reorganize in October for the coming year. They are just reorganizing now so now is the time to join. 4-H members can join any time during the year but if they want to exhibit at the fair they need to attend six meetings. Youth interested in becoming 4-H members can contact members or leaders of the club they are interested in, or you can contact the Scotland County University Extension Office for more information. (660) 465-7255.

Submitted by Kristy Eggleston-Wood Scotland County 4-H Youth Program Assistant.

FFA Shoot-a-Thon Draws Big Field of Competitors

Bryce Smith, Brady Winter and Keenan Bradley were the top three finishers at the FFA shoot-a-thon.

Bryce Smith, Brady Winter and Keenan Bradley were the top three finishers at the FFA shoot-a-thon.

The Memphis FFA Trap Team Shoot-a-Thon had a great turnout of over 47 shooters.

In the Open Division featured three winners.  Bryce Smith took 1st, Brady Winter took 2nd and Keenan Bradley took 3rd. Both Bryce and Keenan were Alumni members of the FFA Trap Team.  They had a shoot off between five shooters including Chayton Ceronni and James Floyd Baker as all five shot a perfect 25/25.  The shooters, not including the FFA kids, shot a total of 185 rounds. It was fun for all.

In the FFA Division, Lane Mohr took 1st, Jacob McDaniel took 2nd and Harley Saulmon took 3rd. Each FFA member shot 100 birds for a total of 72 rounds. .  The rounds for the FFA Division were sponsored by Jamie Robinson of Hillside Gun Shed in Memphis. “Thank you to all for the support from the community,” says Coach Dave Koch.

The shooters also headed to Macon on September 17th and placed 1st for all the schools attending.  The A Team hit an all-time record of 122/125.  The record not only beat the Scotland County School record but, was an all-time record for the Macon shoot.  The A Team for that shoot included members: Lane Mohr, Jared Dunn, Harley Saulmon, Connor Payne and Lane Pence- Congratulations Boys!

This week the team will head to Bosco’s for the Area Shoot to qualify for the District Shoot.  Last year all three Memphis FFA Teams qualified but, only one team from each school is eligible to shoot.  If the team qualifies, they will head to Prairie Grove to shoot on October 1st.

At the September 17th event at Macon, Memphis FFA team member Abby Blessing was the top scoring female shooter to compete.

Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge Carpool to Quincy

The Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge met at Zimmerman’s and carpooled to Quincy where Mona Tague and daughter, Alanna Chumbley, were to be hostesses.  Mona was in the hospital and Alanna was with her.  We then went to Sprout’s for lunch.

Those attending were Nancy Jo Waack, Reva Hustead, Charlene Montgomery, Neta Phillips, Ruth Ludwick, Dorothy Hunolt and Marlene Henry.

Everyone had a nice meal and then went shopping.  Reva stopped by and visited Martin Guinn.

Alice Ann Gipson is hostess next month.

25th Annual Crook/Calhoun Reunion Held September 4th

The 25th annual reunion of the descendants of Grover Cleveland and Hazel Francis (Calhoun) Crook was held Sunday September 4th at the home of David and Bonnie Hayes in Memphis. We enjoyed a great carry in meal with lots of good food as usual.

We spent the day visiting and eating and enjoying each others’ company. The kids were outside playing with our kittens.     They made good entertainment. Some of the younger ones don’t get to see each other much, so it was nice to have them here and getting to know each other. Our family from California came later in the day. Some of the family had left so we arranged to get together on Monday. We had a great time. It was the first time some of the family had met the ones from California because of sickness in the family last year.

Those present were: Suzanne Anderson, Downing, Todd, Arlene, Riley, and Justin Anderson, Bonderant, Iowa, Dick and Ardie Thomson, Memphis, Sandy Harrison, Alexandria, Stacey, Lucas, and Charlie- Harrison, Waukasha, Wis., Gerald and Kathleen Droege, Memphis, Nick, Candace, and Kallee Kratzer, Memphis, Becky Crook, Kirksville Cindy Stump, Lancaster, Dane, Kayle, Liam, and Waylon Stump, Lancaster, Terry and Sharon Crook, Kirksville, Ruben, Jennie (Crook), Ruben Jr., Josie, and Marlie Majors, Ocean Side, California.

We were sorry that Barbie and Andy Akers and Carter Dickerson, Aason, and Avá Akers, Julie (Kratzer) and Keith Adkins and Michelle, were not able to attend this year due to other commitments.

We were saddened by the absence of Tim Crook and David Stump, who we lost last year.

Submitted by Bonnie Hayes

Scheurer Receives Scholarships from Truman State University 

Brian Scheurer of Memphis has been awarded multiple scholarships from the Truman State University Foundation for 2016-17.

 Scheurer, a communication and business administration double major, received the Hearst Communication Scholarship in the amount of $500, as well as the Dr. Paul Owen Selby Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,500.

Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s public liberal arts and sciences university. Truman has the highest graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report has rated Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for 20 consecutive years. Washington Monthly named Truman the No. 1 master’s university in the nation.

Kutzner Reunion Held September 16th

Kutzner descendants from five states gathered at the HUD hospitality room in Memphis on Sunday, September 16, 2016 for their annual reunion.  Larry Howe asked the blessing prior to partaking of a delicious meal prepared by those attending.

Highlight of the day was viewing old photos, a notebook of hand written former reunions kept by the late Helen Kutzner Chambers, and Gary See’s family scrapbook of clippings of marriages, deaths, births, and much, much more.  What a wonderful keepsake, Gary!

Those attending were Joel Dean Kugler, Colorado Springs, CO; Carmen Kugler, Roswell, GA; Jon Dauma, Monmouth, IL; Vicki Howe Waller, Cedar Rapids, IA; Larry Howe, Blakesburg, IA; Gary See, Rutledge; Virginia Egbert, Downing; Verlee Chambers Dauma, Memphis; and Ivan and Virginia Chambers Woods, also of Memphis.

The 2017 reunion will be held on the same date and same place. Mark your calendars!

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Stanley Sharp.

Martin Guinn is still in the hospital in Quincy.  Reva Hustead has been going to Quincy to learn how to help in his physical therapy.

Paul and Lydia Zimmerman went to Quincy.  They visited with Martin Guinn in Blessing Hospital.

Robert Hoover’s parents from Pennsylvania came to visit with the family.

Harry and Mary Jane Nissly, Charlene Zeist’s parents, from Lancaster County PA, came to stay a few weeks to visit with her family.

Luke Horning (Lena Mae’s husband) is in Kirksville hospital where he has had surgery.  He is feeling some better and hopes he comes home soon.

David and Tina Parrish from Quincy came to Zimmerman’s.  David grew up in Rutledge (Francis and Betty Jo were his parents).  We all had a nice time talking about the ‘good ole days’.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Pella, Iowa to visit their daughter Jenny and her family.

Nancy Jo went to Iowa City to eat lunch with Jenny.

Charlene Montgomery celebrated her birthday.  Those attending were Dale and Lisa Tague, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Marjorie Peterson, Neta Phillips, Ronnie and Bonnie Young and Reva Hustead.

Eilene and Carol McCabe attended the reception of Natasha Barnhart and Devin Eddleman north of Luray.  Good food, music and visiting were enjoyed by all on Saturday night.

Others in were David and Tina Parrish, Lee Pettit, Berb Fountain, Rodger and Mooreen Holton, Tom and Marla K. O’Donnell, Don Tague, Leon Shaw, Kathy Blythe and Lois Humes.

Classified Ads 9-29-2016

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FOR SALE – 36” exterior door with frosted glass, two ceiling fans (42” and 52”) with lights, window shutters (6 pair 14”x35”, 2 pair 14”x39”, 1 pair 14’x51”), some misc.  660-465-7168 or 660-216-3175.

YARD SALE – Thurs., Sept. 29 (3-7 p.m.) and Fri., Sept. 30 (7 a.m.-1 p.m.).  439 N. Adams.  Clothes (6 months-5T, Boys’ 10/12-14/16), scrubs, maternity (med.-lg), winter coats, purses, Halloween costumes, kids’ books, toys, cookbooks, shoes (infant up to mens’ 11) and much more.  Moss/Grubb.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE – 710 N. Lincoln, Thursday (1-6) and Friday (8-3).  Kitchen items, bookshelf, wood file drawer, SUV tires, girls’ pants (sizes 10/12), metal clothes rack, electric heaters, A/C units.

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