Minimizing Children’s Exposure to the Trauma of Court Testimony

The Children’s Room is a short-term waiting room at the McLean County Law and Justice Center where parents and guardians can bring their children while they are involved in court-related matters. The Children’s Room minimizes children’s exposure to the trauma of court testimony. It also frees the court system of the noise and disruption associated with children in the courtroom. 

Parents must bring:  

  • A state photo identification  
  • Diapers (the correct size), wipes, diaper ointment, etc. for the child you are admitting  
  • A change of clothes – if your child is small and might have a toilet accident  
  • Formula, juice, water, or milk, and bottles or sippy cups (whatever your child uses)  
  • Something to drink for older children – such as juice boxes or bottled water  
  • An appropriate snack for your child  

Who We Serve

Any parent or guardian who has official court business in the McLean County Law and Justice Center; whose child is between six weeks and 12 years of age who has attempted to access appropriate childcare but has been unsuccessful.

The Children’s Room is not able to take children who are ill, have had a fever or vomited within the last 24 hours. Staff are unable to administer any medication. 

What We Provide

Parents will be issued a pager upon admitting their children into The Children’s Room. Pagers will be used for The Children’s Room staff to contact parents, if necessary, while children are in their care.

Parents must remain inside the Law and Justice Center at all times while children are in the care of The Children’s Room staff.

Parents are responsible for feeding and diapering their children and will be paged when needed. Please bring necessary feeding and diapering supplies with you to The Children’s Room.

Where We Serve

Counties Served:


Law & Justice Center

104 W Front St

11th Circuit, Room 305

Bloomington, IL, 61701

Hours of Operation:
Mon – Fri
8:30 am to 12 pm
1 pm to 3 pm

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