History of the Children's Advocacy Rooms

The Circuit Court of Cook County first recognized the need to make a child’s visit to court a more positive experience more than 30 years ago with the opening of the Rhoda S. Bresler Child’s Room in the now Richard J. Daley Center in April 1973.  The room was a supervised waiting area for parents with civil cases and was named in honor the child advocate who helped to organize it.

Since then, the program has expanded to eight Children’s Advocacy Rooms operating in court facilities throughout Cook County.  They are:

  • The Rhoda Bresler Children’s Advocacy Room in the Richard J. Daley Center, opened in 1973.
  • The Children’s Advocacy Room in the Cook County Juvenile Center at 1100 South Hamilton Avenue, opened in 1994.
  • The Children’s Room in the Mediation Center at 69 West Washington Street in Chicago, opened in 1995.
  • The K.C. Conlon Children’s Advocacy Room in the Sixth Municipal District court facility in south suburban Markham, opened in 1995.
  • The Children’s Advocacy Room and Children’s Advocacy Clinic in the Domestic Violence Courthouse at 1340 South Michigan Avenue, opened in 1999; relocated in 2005 to the new Domestic Violence Courthouse at 555 West Harrison Street in Chicago.
  • The Loyola Children’s Center Advocacy Room in the Fourth Municipal District court facility in west suburban Maywood, opened 2002. 
  • The Children’s Advocacy Room in the Fifth Municipal District court facility in southwest suburban Bridgeview, opened in 2010.
  • The Children’s Advocacy Room in the Second Municipal District court facility in north suburban Skokie, opened 2010.
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