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American Agenda (Children In Court) #126115

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 08, 1990
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Seattle: Tim O'Brien) Need for a voice in court for children in abuse and custody cases featured; case of abuse and murder of two-year-old Bradley McGee by his stepfather cited as example; photograph and court scene shown. [In court, stepfather Tom COE - testifies.] Development of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program by former juvenile court judge to make recommendations to courts about child placement outlined. [Judge David SOKUP - says he resigned because no one speaks for the child in court cases.] [CASA volunteer Barbara BUDDENDECK - explains volunteer's job.] Scenes shown of Buddendeck appearing in court to offer advice in child custody case. [Juvenile court judge Arthur FISHER - comments on CASA program.] ABA's endorsement of CASA concept noted.

O'Brien, Tim;
Sawyer, Diane

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