Court waiting room, a safe place for kids, celebrates 50,000th visit

<strong>Kids’ Place at the Long Beach Courthouse is designed to keep children out of court proceedings that might be traumatizing to them.</strong>

Kids’ Place at the Long Beach Courthouse is designed to keep children out of court proceedings that might be traumatizing to them.

The Los Angeles Superior Court and the nonprofit organization For The Child (FTC) will celebrate the 50,000th child visit to Kids’ Place at the Long Beach Courthouse on Friday, April 1 with an informal lunch from 11:45am to 1pm for those whose vision created Kids’ Place and those who each and every day help keep children safe in the courts. Each child visiting Kids’ Place-Long Beach this week will get to join in the celebration when they will get to choose a Beanie Baby and a new book to take home with them. Also, all children who are new visitors to the facility are given a book to keep.
Kids’ Place was designed to keep children out of adult proceedings they are too young to understand and that have the potential to traumatize them. Kids’ Place-Long Beach opened in August 2002 with a grant secured from First 5 LA (then the Proposition 10 Commission) by For The Child. It was the first children’s waiting room in Los Angeles County created as a safe and fun place for children whose parents had business before the court. Finding a location in the courthouse was problematic until Supervisor Don Knabe moved his field office to accommodate the waiting room. As many as 2,500 child visits a year were anticipated, but in 2009-2010, Kids’ Place Long Beach had 6,200 visits from kids. FTC has operated Kids’ Place-Long Beach since 2006 with funding from the Los Angeles Superior Court.
FTC has been providing prevention and treatment services for abused, neglected and at-risk children in the greater Long Beach for more than 37 years. Services for children are supported through individual, group and corporate donations, foundation grants and government funding. A description of FTC’s programs is available online at forthechild.org. To help, call For The Child at (562) 422-8472.

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