Court Care provides free childcare for anyone who has court-related business in the Pikes Peak Region. Children are welcomed into a nurturing, safe space away from potentially traumatic courtroom proceedings (e.g., domestic violence, divorce, rape, child custody, etc.). Struggling parents are able to speak with dignity and participate in legal matters without children seeing, hearing, or possibly distracting them.
A courtroom is no place for a child. Court Care insulates and protects children from traumatic testimony graphically reiterated in courtrooms every day. Without Court Care, children would attend court hearings, probation meetings, or observe other matters that are simply inappropriate. Vulnerable children would be exposed to conflicts that could forever change the way they see family members and authority ﬁgures.
We welcome your donations of gently used children’s books suitable for ages 6 months to 14 years, washable art supplies, construction paper, diapers/pull-ups (all sizes), and baby wipes.
As families navigate complex legal issues, Court Care is in the position to mitigate trauma, offer a time of respite from family stress, and provide a structured experience that can strengthen a child’s resilience to conflict within the family. Funding will help provide childcare in a secure, licensed, family-centered environment for parents and guardians engaged in court-related business. It is anticipated that more than 2,700 children from 1,900 families will walk through the doors of CCPPR this year.
“As a victim of domestic violence, I knew things discussed in the Court Room would be confusing and frightening for my two daughters, ages 4 and 6. My husband and his family were not in support of my legal action, and I was worried about leaving my girls. My attorney told me about Court Care and as soon as I walked in, I was greatly relieved. Knowing they were safe; I was able to focus on court proceedings without concern about what they would hear or see.” — Anonymous parent