Dependency Court and Juvenile Court will have space, resources and amenities that parents and youth have needed on-site for years.
These spaces will be on four easy-to-navigate floors. Each is designed with a Seattle-area theme: Sound, City, Mountains and Forest.
Parents and youth in crisis shouldn't be alone when seeking services to address mental health, addiction, domestic violence, or sexual abuse. The Children and Family Justice Center's Resource Center staff will immediately connect them – whether they're court-involved or not – to supportive social services, non-profits and community organizations. While representatives for some services may be on-site, most clients will be referred to, and have appointments set up with, off-site services that are as close as possible to the family's neighborhood.
Free daycare services will be offered to families visiting the Children and Family Justice Center for court business. Daycare will help parents focus on pressing court proceedings while knowing their child is being cared for in a safe environment.
Youth and Family Program Space
Dependency Court and Juvenile Court programs that have successfully reduced both parent and youth interaction with the justice system will finally have the accessible space they need to adequately serve their clients. These programs include Parents for Parents and Community Programs.
Confidential Meeting Rooms
Sensitive conversations youth and parents need to have with public defenders and program managers can happen in confidential meeting spaces that separate them from public lobby areas.
Conference Room Available for Community Use
Important trainings, such as those for volunteer child advocates, will be conducted in spaces where participants can effectively listen and focus on guidance from program managers, mentors and subject matter experts. After court-hours, this room can be reserved for community events.