Children’s Waiting Room

The Children’s Waiting Room is a free service for parents and guardians who have court business at the Stockton Courthouse. The waiting room offers a safe place for your children to remain while you conduct your business at the Court. Please see the information below for details on the services provided by the Children’s Waiting Room.

The Children’s Waiting Room is operated by Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC). For more information on CAPC, please click here.


Stockton Courthouse
180 E. Weber Avenue
Located in Room 104 on the 1st Floor
Stockton, CA 95202
Tel: (209) 992-5532

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Closed from 12:00 – 1:00 PM each day. Closed first Friday each month.)

About the Children’s Waiting Room and Staff

Age-appropriate games, toys and projects are provided for children. Light snacks are provided. The staff has childcare experience and is trained in CPR and basic first aid. Please note that the waiting room only provides short-term care while parents remain within the court building. Parents and guardians should allow at least ten minutes to complete the necessary paperwork.

How to Use the Children’s Waiting Room

You will be required to complete a registration form and provide a photo ID (passport, driver’s license, or state issued ID card) upon arrival at the Children’s Waiting Room. You must be on-site in order to use the Children’s Waiting Room (attending Self-Help/Pro Per Clinic or Court Hearing).  

CAPC staff will need a court case number, hearing date, time and department, and the names of the litigant’s when signing in children.

Please note that the Children’s Waiting Room is closed to the public from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Children may not be left at the Waiting Room at that time.

Who May Use the Children’s Waiting Room

Any parent or guardian who has court business at the Stockton Courthouse where the Children’s Waiting Room is located including: defendants, witnesses, litigants, those with appearances before a judge, individuals filing papers, or those using Family Court services or the Self-Help/Pro Per Clinic. Children ages 12 years old or younger, including infants, are welcome at the Children’s Waiting Room.