MAKING THE COURT SYSTEM
WORK BETTER FOR CHILDREN
25 Things Your Court Can Do
for Court Kids®, Inc., is a publicly supported charity
created for the specific mission of helping abused and
neglected children cope with their experiences at dependency
court. Each child who encounters this system is given
a stuffed teddy bear.
A courthouse can be a new and intimidating experience
for children. In the dependency system, children may
become confused about their families, their lives, and
their identities. The teddy bear is a universal symbol
of love and affection* and, as such, can assist children
in coping with very real and difficult situations.
Former Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division of the
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, has declared:
"The court has long encouraged Comfort for Court Kids®
to distribute teddy bears to foster children and other
children in our dependency system. Our support for use
of teddy bears is founded upon our experience that they
help children to better participate in court proceedings.
Most children who appear in our court are frightened
by their uncertain future as well as the formality of
the court. Holding a teddy bear provides these children
with a greater sense of security, enabling them to answer
judges' questions and speak openly to their attorney.
For these reasons, the court considers providing teddy
bears to dependent children to be a service, not a gift."
The bears cost between $2.00 and $2.50 each, when purchased
Comfort for Court Kids® is willing to assist any
jurisdiction in establishing a similar program as long
as there is a request from the presiding judge in the
county. The program can be tailored to the individual
* The statement
"The teddy bear is a universal symbol of love and affection"
is a trademark of Comfort for Court Kids®, Inc.
The depiction of any children on this website does not
constitute a violation of WIC 827, California Rule of
Court 1423 of Los Angeles Superior Court Dependency Court
Rules Chapter 17.2, Sections (e) and (f).
Bear ... a universal symbol of love and affection...®