Multnomah CourtCare: A great service and a worthy cause

As a divorce and family law lawyer, I am in the position to see the impact of court and the divorce process on children. It is bad enough that some parents put children in the middle of the psychological conflict. It is even worse when the children, for lack of child care, have to be in the hall outside court, or worse, in a courtroom with a parent involved in a custody or parenting time case. CourtCare is a free service providing drop in child care to family law litigants at the Multnomah County Courthouse. CourtCare opened in 2001, and has benefited over 6000 children since that time. Children are spared witnessing their parents in court, and the children receive individual attention from state-certified childcare providers.

While CourtCare receives some public funding, it is primarily funded through donations from the legal community, which contributes through the Multnomah Bar Foundation. They are having a fundraising campaign themed “A Jungle Gym in the Jungle” from April 21 to May 9, 2008. More information about this excellent program and worthy cause can be found at

About Sean Stephens

By Sean Stephens Google + Sean Stephens is divorce and family law lawyer, and a founding member of Stephens & Margolin LLP He was born in Eugene, Oregon and is a fourth generation Oregonian. Sean Stephens attended the University of Oregon, and graduated in with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in English Literature. His psychology studies emphasized early childhood development. You can find more about Sean Stephens at Stephens & Margolin LLP Follow him
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2 Responses to Multnomah CourtCare: A great service and a worthy cause

  1. Great post. I was very sad to see my own state, the state of Massachusetts, do away with courthouse child care several years ago, as a result of state budget cuts. Now I see the sad situations that result from parents coming to court with their children and having to figure out how they will both be in the courtroom when their case is called, and somehow also outside in the hallway with their child or children. Courtroom care was and is a great idea, and it’s good to see this idea lives on in Oregon.

  2. I think CourtCare is a brilliant idea – I wish it would catch at the other court houses around the nation.

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