Children's books bring more than just entertainment to Family Court waiting areas - they can make a real difference in how a child perceives court proceedings.
First, the very presence of books in a waiting area can help to promote positive parent-child relationships. Having books available can provide children with comfort and security, both of which are necessary to ensure good emotional health.
Second, the availability of books can promote literacy by encouraging a love of reading in young children, who may not have had access to books before entering the court system. This can have a significant impact on a child's educational future.
Finally, the presence of books can help comfort them through a court experience. Enjoying a picture book may help to reduce the potential trauma a child may feel when attending court. In addition, children can feel more secure in their surroundings with a better understanding of what's happening in the courtroom.
It's clear that providing books in Family Court waiting areas can be beneficial for children and the adults accompanying them. Having access to books can encourage parent-child relationships, promote literacy, and help normalize the court experience for children. Undoubtedly, books can make a difference in family court proceedings.
Every child deserves access to books at Books for Benches, especially in times of difficulty or stress. We're committed to bringing children's books into Family Court settings and related spaces.
Please contact us if you want to bring Books for Kids to a Family Court waiting area near you. We would be happy to partner with you in this vital work.