The Hawaii State Judiciary is seeking donations for its Family Court keiki corners.
These areas allow children to play and interact while families wait for a court proceeding.
Three William S. Richardson School of Law Child Welfare Clinic students initially created a space for children participating in Zero to Three court.
Jacqueline Camit, Jamie Lyn Leonardi, and Grace Baehren were then able to plan and create additional corners, thanks to community donations and support.
“Courthouses can feel very sterile and intimidating, so this space can make a world of difference to a young child and their family,” said Cheryl Marlow, Deputy Chief Court Administrator. “We would like to thank the Friends of the Library, Friends of Family Specialty Court, University of Hawaii at Manoa Children’s Center, and the many organizations and individuals who donated books and toys to support this endeavor.”
Family Court Chief Judge R. Mark Browning said the partnership between the courts and the UH students has been rewarding and powerful: “This is all about our keiki. It is difficult for any child to sit and wait patiently in a court setting. We hope these areas will provide a place for kids to be kids.”