Kids and Teens in Court Program

In cooperation wTeenage girl (16-17) with digital tablet and woolen hatith the Family Protection Unit at the District Attorney’s Office the┬áJuvenile Dependency Court, and the Victim Advocacy Program, the Kids and Teens in Court program helps children, teenagers and their caregivers who are not suspected of abuse learn how the courtroom and possible trial works.

Program goals for the children and teenagers include reducing their stress and anxiety; improving their coping skills by teaching them to manage their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and making it possible for them to effectively testify in court and gain control of the court experience. Program goals for these caretakers include increasing caregiver coping skills, and allowing the adults to manage their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to fully support their child or teen through the court process and recovery.