The purpose of Kids’ Korner is to provide a safe and enjoyable waiting area to children who are in the Lake County Courthouse to testify in court or whose parents or guardians are conducting court business.
Serves children ages 2-12
It is a free service
Space is limited – admittance is on a first come first served basis
8:30 AM to 12:15 PM
1:15 PM to 5:00 PM
Kids’ Korner is a children's waiting room located on the first floor in the Lake County Courthouse. Our purpose is to provide a safe and fun waiting area to children who are in the courthouse to testify in court or whose parents or guardians are conducting court business.
Kids’ Korner was founded in 1994 to address the needs of children in the courthouse. Kids’ Korner protects children from confusing, frightening and inappropriate adult business or behavior.
In addition, Kids’ Korner enables the court to conduct business in an orderly fashion. Since its inception Kids’ Korner has provided a safe haven to over 40,000 children involved in the court system.
Prior to opening Kids’ Korner, children in the courthouse were often left unattended while their parents conducted court business. These children were at risk of being adversely impacted by court proceedings affecting themselves or their families. They were exposed to inappropriate behavior by adults attending court for criminal, traffic, or divorce matters. They endured unnecessary stress while waiting to testify in court proceedings. Unfortunately, they also often created a distraction to the orderly conduct of court business.
Both parents and children attest to the success of Kids’ Korner — parents through their positive comments and children through their joyful play. While at Kids’ Korner, children are made to feel safe and secure. They receive sustained and encouraging adult contact and guidance from trained staff and volunteer caregivers at a stressful time in their young lives. Kids’ Korner is a very special way that the Lake County Courthouse shows its concern for children and families.
Main Courthouse - Waukegan, IL
Kids’ Korner is a bright, cheerful room filled with toys, blocks, puzzles, art supplies, books, and other developmentally appropriate materials for children. The activities offered promote beneficial learning experiences. A children’s computer center offers age specific educational games.
Kids’ Korner serves children ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old in a comfortable and secure setting. Due to safety concerns and space limitations, Kids’ Korner is able to care for 9 children at a time. Admittance is on a first come first served basis. Children need not be toilet trained to stay in Kids’ Korner.
Each child visiting Kids’ Korner chooses a book to take home as part of the "Give-A-Book" project. The "Give-A-Book" project hopes to encourage parents to read to their children, and to spark a life long love for reading in children.
Books are provided through donations from community organizations and individuals.
During the holiday season, each child visiting Kids’ Korner chooses a new stuffed animal to take home as part of the "Give-An-Animal-A-Home" project. New stuffed animals are also provided through donations from community organizations and individuals.
Children enjoy themselves in Kids’ Korner and feel safe during their stay. They receive sustained adult contact and guidance at a stressful time in their young lives. There is no fee for this service.
Juvenile Justice Complex - Vernon Hills, IL
The Robert W. Depke Juvenile Justice Complex/ Minard E. Hulse Juvenile Detention Center features a court waiting lobby complete with unsupervised children’s play area. The play area includes three wall-mounted play boards, two stationary play cubes, four beanbag chairs, and a brightly colored children's carpet. A welcoming handmade quilt hangs on the wall.
In addition, books appropriate for all ages are available in the play area for children to read. Parents are also encouraged to help a child to choose a book to take home.
Kids’ Korner is a program of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court.
It was originally established with the support and endorsement of the following organizations:
A Safe Place
Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County
Child Care Coalition of Lake County of Lake, IL
Lake County Fighting Back
Lake County Bar Association
Lake County Bar Foundation
Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center
Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Lake County Council Against Sexual Assault
Lake County Sheriff’s Office
Lake County Family YMCA
Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office
YMCA of Northeastern Illinois
Kids' Korner Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
Kids’ Korner Giving Tree was donated in memory of Jim Schueneman who shared with the founders of Kids’ Korner the vision of creating a safe environment for all of the children of Lake County.
Kids’ Korner was founded by a group of concerned judges, lawyers and private citizens to provide care for children while their parents are in the courthouse on court business.
For more information, please check our Kids’ Korner The Giving Tree brochure or contact us at (847) 377-3825.
The Need for Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to serve as caregivers in Kids’ Korner. Hours are flexible. All volunteers undergo a training program before they are assigned to work a shift as a caregiver. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Kids’ Korner at (847) 377-3825.
A Program Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating the volunteers as well as for monitoring the overall operation of the program. The expenses of the program are funded through civil court filing fees and donations from the community.
For more information, please check our Kids’ Korner brochure or contact us at (847) 377-3825.
We need your help with our "Give-A-Book" project! Each child cared for in Kids’ Korner chooses a book to take home. We hope these very special books encourage…
…parents to read to their children.
…children to learn the joy of reading.
…a life long love of reading in children.
Kids’ Korner is in need of new and gently used books for ages 2 through 12.
For more information, please check our "Give-A-Book" brochure or contact us at (847) 377-3825.
We need your help with our “Give-An-Animal-A-Home” project! During the holiday season each child we care for in Kids’ Korner chooses a new stuffed animal to take home.
When donating stuffed animals to Kids’ Korner it…
brings a smile to many children’s faces
helps children during a stressful time in their your lives
helps kids make a new friend and an animal get a new home
Kids’ Korner begins accepting donations of new stuffed animals in the fall to be ready for our holiday give-away.
For more information, please check our “ Give-An-Animal-A-Home” brochure or contact us at (847)377-3825.
Our “Give-A-Blanket” project is a special way we provide extra comfort to the children we service at KIDS’ KORNER. Several local, as well as national, knitting/crocheting groups donate handmade blankets to our program. This enables every child visiting KIDS’ KORNER to choose a special blanket to provide them with the comfort they need at this stressful time.
For more information or to donate blankets, please check our “Give-A-Blanket” brochure or contact us at (847)377-3825.
Online Projects for Kids
Location and Maps
Kids’ Korner - Main Courthouse is located on the 1st floor of the Main Courthouse building. Click here for a map to the courthouse.
Kids' Korner - Juvenile Facility is located in Juvenile Court's lobby area and is complete with an unsupervised children’s play area. Click here for a map to the Juvenile Justice Complex.