Resources for Children and Teens

Helping Children and Teens Understand the Complexities of Family Court

Children's lives hang in the balance in nearly every Family Court case, and hundreds of young people are in the City's courthouses everyday – waiting to speak to judges in custody or visitation cases, meeting with investigators in cases of child abuse or neglect, or sitting beside their parent for hours as the parent waits for his or her case to be called.


For these children, LIFT created "Pat the Pigeon Goes to Family Court" and "Pat the Pigeon Has Two Nests: A Bird's Eye View of Custody and Visitation"– activity and coloring books that explains Family Court issues to children. Pick one up, along with a box of crayons, at our Courthouse Programs!

LIFT has also created an illustrated book for teens: "When I Was Before the Judge: One Teen's Story About Family Court" – which explains the juvenile justice system to young people who either are, or may be caught up in, the system. Pick one up at our Courthouse Programs!

These books give children and young adults – for the first time – easy-to-understand information about the Court. All of these publications are available for download here: 

Pat the Pigeon Goes to Family Court
La Paloma Pat Va a la Corte de Familia

Pat the Pigeon Has Two Nests: A Bird's Eye View of Custody and Visitation
La Paloma Pat Tiene Dos Nidos: Un Resumen de Custodia y Visitas

When I Was Before the Judge: One Teen's Story About Family Court

Links to Other Websites for Children & Teens

Help Keep Kids Safe - A colorful child safety site.

Unified State Court System - Information about Children Centers in the Courts and their locations.

U.S. Government Printing Office - A guide to government for children of all ages.

Youth in Progress - Seeks to enhance and advance the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s youth by supporting their sense of self and responsibility. Includes many helpful resources about the foster care system.

Youth Success NYC - A website for teens in foster care and their families. Find resources and hear from other teens about how to get what you need in care and out of care, from housing and education support to health services, family court information, and more.

Youth Represent - Resources and services for young people affected by the criminal or juvenile justice system.