A courtroom is no place for a child.
Harsh words, confrontations, possibly even seeing parents in handcuffs — these are traumatic experiences for young children who have to tag along when family members are involved in court actions.
CourtCare is a free drop-in childcare program for children ages six weeks to ten years located in downtown Portland’s Multnomah County Courthouse. CourtCare, a project of the Multnomah Bar Association, is operated by Volunteers of America Oregon and receives primary funding from the Multnomah Bar Foundation, the Oregon Judicial Department and Multnomah County.
Parents must be conducting business in the courthouse and remain on site
CourtCare is a fully-staffed and certified childcare center. It offers a safe, supportive environment and a full range of enriching, age-appropriate activities for children to enjoy for the duration of their parent’s involvement in court.
In addition, CourtCare provides a needed link to other services within the community. Resources are available and guardians have the opportunity to talk with staff and explore the many resources and linkages available.