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Posted on: January 11, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Kid-friendly room at Westmoreland courthouse designed to ease anxiety

Toys, books and mural in Westmoreland Family Court Comfort Room for kids

A special thank you to Adam Garrity, a program Specialist for Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau, who had the vision to transform the family court waiting room into a child-friendly comfort room to occupy the children and ease their minds while they wait for court.

It was a community collaborative effort with the assistance of our advisory board (Westmoreland Children First), receiving a $4000 grant through the Community Foundation of Westmoreland. Students from the Westmoreland Community College Art Department painted the murals. Lyndsay Winfield, a senior at Jeannette High School, dedicated her senior project to the comfort room, with the assistance of Abby DeBlasio, they received over 400 donated items for the room.

A Special thanks to our Board of Commissioners, Judges, Hearing Officer and court staff who played a role in making this happen.

We are so thankful to be a part of a community that cares about improving the lives of children and their families.

Thank you all for a job well done!

Shara B. Saveikis, M.S.W.
Executive Director
Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau

Photo Credit:  Dan Speicher, Tribune-Review

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