The Missouri Supreme Court recognizes a Heartland's judicial court system.
Judge Russell Steel and the Second Judicial Circuit were awarded Wednesday at the Adair County Courthouse in Kirksville with the Permanency Award.
The Permanency Award is given to circuits for successfully holding timely hearings for child abuse and neglect cases in which children removed from their homes were reunited with their families or are placed in another permanent home in the past fiscal year.
Judge Steele said this was a team effort and it was made in the best interest of the children.
"For those children, usually through no fault of their own, often find themselves in an unfamiliar environment among strangers or unknown distant relatives. All they really want is a safe, secure, loving home. That's what they're entitled to," Steele said.
The Second Circuit is one of 19 judicial circuits to receive the award this year. This is also the sixth time the Second Circuit has received this award.