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Friday, June 30, 2006
SDX Awards: TV public service, network/Top 25 markets

Winner: KTTV FOX 11 Staff

By Chris Speckman

KTTV Fox 11 reporter Christine Devine has good reason to trust in the newscast’s “Wednesday’s Child” segments.

“What keeps me believing in the children and adoption?” Devine said. “My little sister from Vietnam. The little girl who once followed me around the house, mimicking every move. If one family can experience the love I feel from her … then we’ve done our job.”

For Devine, adoption is all in the family. Her parents took in five refugee foster children from the war-ravaged country.

Now, it’s all about spreading the love.

“Wednesday’s Child” airs twice a week on Fox 11 in Los Angeles. For the past 10 years, the project has moved 80 percent of the featured children into permanent homes.

“KTTV has demonstrated a remarkable long-term commitment to the public it serves,” said the judges. “The staff uses creativity to call twice-weekly attention to kids needing a home. The entry shows clearly this is no shoot-and-run feature but an expertly and thoughtfully packaged love affair with the mission — successfully placing kids in adoptive homes.”

“Wednesday’s Child” helps erase the stigma

associated with children in foster care, Devine said. Most are older kids that are considered hard to place. All have been taken from their birth parents because of neglect, abuse or abandonment.

“Our approach is what makes L.A.’s ‘Wednesday’s Child’ unique. As the reporter, I dress the part. Overalls for a pumpkin patch shoot. Sweats for a Lakers practice. The goal … to be one with the child ... to give the child a dream day, at minimum,” Devine said.

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