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“Foster Kids First:
Does Press Coverage Help Foster Kids?"


For Immediate Release
Contact: Ed Howard, CAI Senior Counsel
February 15, 2012

San Diego, CA: The Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) at the University of San Diego School of Law today announced a new project entitled, “Foster Kids First: Does Press Coverage Help Foster Kids?"  Facilitated by Los Angeles County Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Michael Nash’s recent Blanket Order regarding public and media attendance at Dependency Court hearings, the Project will monitor media coverage of Los Angeles dependency court matters and compare it to coverage in other counties and with historic coverage.  CAI will release a report based on this monitoring which will evaluate whether children were harmed or their privacy invaded due to the Order, improvements of dependency court deliberations and results for foster children as a consequence of press coverage or access, and what public official response occurred based on press coverage, if any.

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