Lucinda Miles from Volunteers for Youth Justice and foster parent Claire Cox talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the latest developments in treating troubled youth at Caddo Parish Juvenile Services.

Miles tells KEEL listeners about the center's new "calming studio," a therapeutic room designed to create a therapeutic atmosphere for children dealing with abandonmant or neglect.

Cox, who with her husband currently provide foster care for five children, explains the challenges - both emotional and financial - in providing a home for kids who come from such unstable backgrounds.

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"A new, state-of-the-art room designed to provide a therapeutic atmosphere for youth in Caddo’s Juvenile Services opened Tuesday morning.

According to Caddo Parish, the Calming Studio is the first of its kind in Louisiana.

Located inside the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court, the sensory-rich room was designed in partnership with Sensory One in Canada and the Mike Ayers Company in England.

The Calming Studio is described as a unique concept to provide a therapeutic atmosphere for youth who are often required to attend Child In Need of Care Court (CNIC), which is for kids under 18 who face abandonment or neglect.

The studio was designed to diminish the stress and trauma associated with a child’s experience during court proceedings."

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