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Agency Hopes To Avert 'Childrens' Room' Cutback

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:03:42 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

Funding cuts have forced the Children's Home and Aid to reduce hours of service at the McLean County Law and Justice Center. Children's Home and Aid has operated a children's room while their parents take care of courthouse business for six years. The program is supposed to shelter children from adult matters of divorce court or criminal court proceedings. Regional Vice President Lisa Pieper says the room helps prevent victimization of children by sheltering them from the raw courtroom details.

The room will no longer be open on Wednesdays, forcing parents who cannot make other care arrangements to bring children into the courtrooms. Pieper says donations could restore the service.

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