On a frequent basis, people with urgent business before the Court -- often related to personal safety, housing, or other critical issues -- arrive at the courthouse with children in tow, because they have no better option.
Everyone -- from court staff and judges to attorneys to the general population using the courthouse -- benefits by giving parents the option to utilize childcare at the courthouse
Mid-Valley CourtCare provides free, quality childcare in a safe, licensed environment for children whose parents or guardians with court or other local government business in Marion and Polk Counties. CourtCare shields children from witnessing tense and disturbing court proceedings. It protects children, permits caregivers to focus on court-related business, and reduces disruptions in the courtroom. CourtCare is offered throughout the United States, including two CourtCare facilities in Multnomah County. The common theme expressed in parent and guardian testimonials is the overwhelming appreciation for keeping children safe and away from courtrooms. CourtCare increases access to justice by allowing the most financially vulnerable part of our community to participate meaningfully in court proceedings.
In Marion County, CourtCare is operated by the Salem Family YMCA, located across from the Marion County Courthouse in downtown Salem. Please use the child care entrance off of Cottage Street. Marion County CourtCare is available to anyone with court-related business or a court-related appointment. Marion County CourtCare is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
In Polk County, CourtCare is operated by Family Building Blocks at the Academy Building near the Polk County Courthouse in Dallas. Polk County CourtCare is available to anyone who needs to conduct business with the court system or local social service agencies including, but not limited to: Polk County Behavioral Health, Public Health, DHS, or Housing. Polk County CourtCare is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about Mid-Valley CourtCare, or to sign up, visit its website: