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Should Details of Foster Care Cases be Made Public?

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When a California court decides whether a child should be put in foster care, that decision is usually made behind a veil of secrecy. State law mandates that dependency proceedings be closed to the public due to their highly sensitive nature. But a bill going before a state Assembly committee Tuesday aims to change that.

The legislation would create a pilot program to open dependency courts in three California counties, with the goal of eventually allowing public access to all of those courts throughout the state. But a powerful advocacy group says it can't support the legislation in its current form.

Host Stephanie Martin talks with Chantel Johnson, legislative director of the California Youth Connection.

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