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With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), parents and guardians are highly encouraged to use video visitation to visit with their children in order to reduce risks of exposure to the public and youth in our care, consistent with the recommended social distancing for concerns surrounding COVID-19. Remote video visitation is available using your own computer, tablet, or smartphone. Details are provided below:

Video visitation offers a convenient way for parents and guardians to visit with their children instead of traveling and waiting in long lines. All video visitation available at the Children and Family Justice Center is free. You may sign up for Securus Video Visitation by going to: or downloading the free Securus APP.

For more information call Securus at 1-877-578-3658 or visit at

In-person visits are now available to parents and legal guardians using our no-contact room. Scheduling is by appointment only. See the menu below for more details.

The Children and Family Justice Center is located at 1211 E. Alder Street in Seattle's Central District neighborhood, near the main campus of Seattle University.

King County Children and Family Justice Center
1211 E. Alder Street
Seattle, WA 98122

By Bus
Parking is limited at the Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center. Visitors are encouraged to use public transit. King County Metro routes 3 and 4 serve the area. Use Metro's Trip Planner for more detailed directions.

By Car
The Children and Family Justice Center is located on 12th Avenue between Jefferson Street and East Yesler Way. From I-5 North or South, take the James Street exit, travel east past Swedish Medical Center and Seattle University. Turn right on 12th Avenue and continue for a quarter-mile. The Youth Services Center is on the east side of 12th Avenue.

Limited free visitor parking is available at the Children and Family Justice Center temporary parking lot, located off East Remington Court. Two-hour free street parking is also available nearby.

Monday through Friday
3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Video visits are unavailable during mealtimes: Meals are served in Detention from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. 

Please note these guidelines for video visits:

  • Visits may be up to 25 minutes long.

  • Each youth may have up to six video visits per week.

  • Video visits are free of charge.

  • Only parents and guardians can schedule video visits with youth.

Guidelines for in-person visits using the no-contact room:

  • Parents and legal guardians may visit twice a week for up to 45 minutes.
  • Appointments can be scheduled by contacting staff at 206-477-9890.
  • A new schedule for the following week will be available on Fridays.
  • The visiting area will be sanitized between visits.
  • Family visitation hours are from: 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (weekdays) and 9 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. (weekends) in one-hour blocks.
  • To maintain social distancing, only one visitor at a time will be permitted to use the no-contact room unless they are from the same household. If they are from the same household, up to two adults may visit at the same time.
  • Attorneys who require immediate use of the no-contact room will be given priority over other visitors. 

Before being admitted to the no-contact room, visitors must comply with the following requirements:

  • Review symptoms and check temperature using the temperature-screening kiosk in the Detention Lobby. Once the kiosk reads “normal temperature,” a visitor can put on a wrist band. Wrist bands much be worn at all times and are valid for the entire day.
  • Wear a cloth or disposable mask. Bandanas, gaiters, buffs, vented masks and face shields are not permissible substitutes for cloth/disposable masks since these types of face coverings are ineffective at stopping coronavirus transmission.
  • A disposable mask is available at the lobby window upon request.

The King County Sheriff's Office provides security screening at the main entrance of the Children and Family Justice Center. Do not bring weapons of any kind to the facility. State laws regarding smoking and the possession of tobacco are strictly enforced.

Childcare is not available at the Children and Family Justice Center. If possible, it is best not to bring other children when visiting. If you do bring children with you to detention, remember that only children under 8 years of age are allowed into detention visiting.

Detention Screening
206-263-9595 (24 hours a day / 7 days a week)
Call detention screening if your child is arrested and you need to know the child's detention status and next hearing date and time.

Detention Information
206-477-9890 (24 hours a day / 7 days a week)
For other detention related information

Probation Information
If you know the youth's assigned probation counselor, you may contact that officer directly. If not, you may call 206-263-9595 to be transferred to the correct person.


Youth in detention can make free phone calls to parents and guardians. They are allowed to place collect phone calls to others on a regular basis.

Youth in detention may not receive phone calls.

You may send mail to youth in detention. All mail will be opened, reviewed, and screened for inappropriate content.

Mail may be sent to the following address:

Youth's Name
c/o King County Juvenile Detention
1211 E. Alder St.
Seattle, WA 98122