"I am so glad that the Judge told me to bring the kids down here when things went kind of crazy in the courtroom. I didn't know this room was here, but this is such a great place, and also the kids didn't have to hear anymore of what was going on with me and their Dad upstairs. When I came back, it was such a relief to find them so happy and playing with the other kids. They were also very excited to tell me all about the snacks they had, and they love the books that they got to take home...so special." -Parent feedback
"I love you to play with me in the kitchen, and then I will clean up so I can come here again, because I love it here."
"You still have my picture I drawed for you on the wall! I want to draw with you again, then have some crackers quick."
Please Consider Making a Charitable Donation to CourtCare
Parents who have business at the court, but no childcare options, may bring their children, ages six weeks to ten years, to CourtCare and be assured their children will be safe and well-cared for while they attend to court matters. This unique, free childcare program in the downtown and East County courthouses has served over 14,750 children since it opened in December 2001. Your donation will help CourtCare continue to make a positive difference:
- in the lives of the children who are welcomed into a cheerful place where they are sheltered from adult issues in court;
- in the lives of these children's parents, who know that their children have a safe place to stay, free-of-charge, while the parents conduct court business;
- and in the administration of justice, because courts operate more efficiently without the interruptions created by having children in the courtrooms and hallways.
Although CourtCare receives some public funding, the program depends primarily on financial donations from our legal community, including individual attorneys, legal assistants, judges and law firms. Our goal for this year's campaign is to raise $100,000 for operations. Donations are accepted all year long, every dollar helps, and we appreciate contributions of any size. You can make an online tax-deductible charitable donation here, call the MBA at 503.222.3275 with a credit card or print the CourtCare Donor Form and send it with your contribution. Please make checks payable to the Multnomah Bar Foundation with "CourtCare" noted in the memo.
Thank you for your support!
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About Multnomah CourtCare
The History of CourtCare
CourtCare RemodelIn the spring of 2011 the Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf law firm organized a remodel of the CourtCare space in the Multnomah County Courthouse. Mary Rower, a paralegal at the firm led the project that transformed the room to allow for more efficient use of the space.
CourtCare in the News
- Courthouse "Childcare Room" Remodel - The Bee: Aug 2, 2011
- Pro Bono Renovation Brightens CourtCare Facility - Daily Journal of Commerce: June 16, 2011
- Margie Boule's column in The Oregonian: April 17, 2007
- The Oregonian Scene & Heard Section: March 3, 2007
- Metro Parent article: May, 2006
- Portland Tribune article: April 25, 2006