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See Celine's story below.

Nine-year-old Celine was dropped off for a weekend with her grandmother, Victoria. On Sunday, Celine’s mom did not return for her. As the weeks stretched into months, Victoria realized that Celine’s mom wasn’t coming back. Celine had no legal guardian to sign important papers, including consent to medical care. When Victoria went to enroll Celine in school, she was turned away.  The school put Victoria in touch with legal aid.

Legal aid helped Victoria go through the process of trying to find Celine’s parents. They put notices in papers and sent letters to old addresses, but they got no response. Legal aid then prepared a “relative caregiver affidavit” naming Victoria Celine’s legal guardian, a process made possible by a new Oregon law. With the guardianship approved, Celine is able to get medical care and is enrolled in school — thanks to legal aid.

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  • You helped CEJ raise more than $6,000 on #GivingTuesday! Thank you for your support. You can still check out all of our #UNSelfies here.

  • About 95 people attended CEJ's Central Oregon Luncheon. The Central Oregon legal community has raised almost $18,000 for legal aid so far! See photos from the event here.

  • Approximately 100 people attended the Portland Legal Aid Open House on October 28 and heard Multnomah County Presiding Judge Nan Waller speak about the importance of legal aid in our communities. See pictures here.

  • Around 200 people attended CEJ's Lane County Luncheon, raising more than $20,000 for legal aid at a single event! See photos from the luncheon here.

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