Multnomah CourtCareDONATE to CourtCare
Multnomah CourtCare is a project of the Multnomah Bar Foundation which improves access to justice by making free, drop-in childcare available at the Downtown Multnomah County Courthouse for families with business at the court. CourtCare is operated by Volunteers of America Oregon and serves 80 to 100 children and their families each month. In addition to being a safe, convenient location for parents to leave their children, this program reduces the number of rescheduled court appointments and removes the potential that children might witness conflicts or disrupt court business.
The MBF is pleased to announce that the CourtCare program is expanding to the East County Courthouse.
While the program receives some public funding, it depends primarily on the financial support of the legal community, which contributes through the Multnomah Bar Foundation. The Foundation is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3), and contributions are tax deductible.
CourtCare Fundraising CampaignThe 2014 CourtCare Campaign runs May 5th through May 23rd with a goal of raising over $75,000. You can make a donation online or print out a CourtCare Donation Card and mail it with your contribution. You can also call the MBA at 503.222.3275 if you would like to use a credit card over the phone.
The campaign chair for 2014 is Amy Angel of Barran Liebman.
We encourage all MBA Members to donate to the Multnomah Bar Foundation - "CourtCare". Every dollar helps, and we very much appreciate contributions of any size.
The History of Multnomah CourtCare
CourtCare Quick Facts and Comments
- Between December of 2001 and May of 2014, CourtCare has served over 12,000 children.
- "I definitely will tell people about your room, it's a great place, and I love that you are right here in the courthouse."
- The average length of stay per visit is between 1 and 2 hours.
- Q: Did you have any other options for childcare today? A: "I didn't know what to do and then my lawyer told me you could help me. This sure made things easier today."
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