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Wake County Courts Kids While Parents Face Judge

Posted June 14, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Wake County is making it easier for parents who have to go to court. The North Carolina Bar Association unveiled a day care center Thursday to serve these children, the first of its kind in the state.

Officials and parents agree that the courthouse is no place for children -- the experience is boring at best, at worst it can be traumatic.

Some courtrooms ban children, but others say that is disruptive as well, when kids end up in hallways with no place to go.

So far, everyone is finding KidsCenter a great relief.

The safe, child-friendly alternative offers a good environment for active children.

Families with children age 8 and younger are referred to the center by attorneys and judges.

The children can stay for up to four hours while their parents take care of business.

The center is open whenever the courthouse is and is located directly across the street from the courthouse.

KidsCenter was funded in part by a Smart Start grant, but the majority of the funding came from private donations.