• June 2006
  • Vol. 7, No. 5

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Explaining Court Processes to Children

The California Center for Families, Children, and the Courts has published an activity book, What’s Happening in Court? to help prepare children for what to expect when they are required to appear in court. The book uses simple language and games, puzzles, quizzes, and other activities to explain the various reasons a child may have to be in court, including dependency, adoption, or emancipation. It describes the roles of court personnel, such as judges, attorneys, witnesses, and others. It also explains the proper behavior expected while in court.

The book is presented in an interactive version that can be used while online or as a downloadable PDF, and it is available in both English and Spanish:

www.courtinfo.ca.gov/programs/children.htm

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