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Help Us Win The IKEA Challenge!


We are thrilled to be one of 3 charities selected by IKEA Conshohocken co-workers to compete in the IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge!With your help, we can win! VOTE EVERY DAY ONLINE!

1. Click HERE or on the image above.
2. Enter your email address.
3.  Scroll to, and select, Conshohoken, PA.
5. Vote every day until March 2nd!If we get the most votes online, IKEA Conshohocken will provide us with a “storehouse” of furniture, household goods, backpacks, toys and other items that we can give to our children and families when needed throughout the year. This First Prize is worth approximately $10,000!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Life Improvement Challenge and

CLICK HERE or on the image above to VOTE!




Shop & Give Back To Child Advocates, All At The Same Time! Join AmazonSmile Today!


About AmazonSmile

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

“How to Handle a Child Abuse Case” Volunteer Training Workshop





“How to Handle a Child Abuse Case”


Volunteer Training Workshop



PROGRAM: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDITS: 6.5 (5.5 substantive, 1.0 ethics)


The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County.  Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country.  Each pro bono attorney is teamed with a staff case handler and assigned one child or sibling group.  The child advocate team conducts home visits, participates in service planning meetings and court hearings.

All volunteers must attend this full-day training program, which includes presentations on the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Services Law, the role of a child advocate in a criminal case, representing parents in Dependency proceedings, service planning, and the dynamics of child abuse.

Our training manual How to Handle A Child Abuse Case, with the latest Juvenile Act amendments and Juvenile Court rules, is provided to attendees.  This course also provides certification for eligibility to receive court-appointed dependency cases.


Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010
Philadelphia, PA 19107

On the evening of April 22nd, we will celebrate an Evening For Child Advocacy at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. Please join us after the CLE workshop in the Crystal Tea Room of the Wanamaker Building from 5:00 -8:00 pm. All CLE attendees can buy event tickets at a discounted rate of $75. Contact Cate Galbally to make payment arrangements at cgalbally@advokid.org or (267) 546-9216.

For registration and fee details, click HERE  or call 1-800-932-4637 

For other questions, contact Child Advocates at 267-546-9200


2015 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

Join Us!

Join us on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Memorial Hall for the 36th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk. NEW THIS YEAR – 1 Mile Run. Whether you’re warming up for the 5K or just want to participate in a quick run, sign-up for the 1 Mile Run. Space limited.

This event attracts more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages each year, and is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in the City of Philadelphia! The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association to spotlight its concern for the children of Philadelphia and to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled morning featuring face painting and other treats for kids. Children ages 5-10 will love running in the FREE Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids’ Dash, a 200-yard non-competitive Dash. All participants will receive a Race give-a-way. Child-friendly activities offered all morning. Registration is required for each child. A parent or guardian must be present.

For more information and to register please click HERE.

Pictures from the 35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation 5K Run/Walk!


2015 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

Join us for our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Crystal Tea Room. This premiere charity cocktail reception will feature a moving awards program and an exciting silent and live auction!

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm (4:30 pm, Distinguished Advocates Presentation)
Location: Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107

CLICK HERE to view sponsorship opportunities & purchase tickets.

Help us celebrate those who make our work with children possible and recognize the special contributions to children’s welfare of business leader and child advocate, Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and CEO of Merck. Ken will receive the 20150 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his commitment to the health and well-being of youth and his advocacy for access to justice through pro bono representation. A longtime supporter of Child Advocates and public interest law agencies, Ken also co-founded Cornerstone Christian Academy, a private charter school serving at-risk youth in West Philadelphia. Ken believes education and hard work will create opportunity and the desire to help others succeed.  The evening will also celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our friends who devote countless hours to improving the lives of traumatized children. The 2015 Distinguished Advocates are:

Lawrence J. Beaser
Blank Rome LLP
Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award

Alfred R. Fuscaldo
Gibbons P.C.

Jason T. LaRocco
Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C.

Daniel J. Luccaro 
Cozen O’Connor

George D. Mosee
District Attorney’s Office of Philadelphia

Charles N. Persing
Bederson LLP

Lara Thane & Rae-Lynne Tuzzo
Adoptive Parents

Megan E. Watson
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP

Thank you Sponsors!!

The Legal Intelligencer


Cate Galbally


Law Catching Up On Punishment Vs. Child Abuse



Law catching up on punishment vs. child abuse
By Frank P. Cervone

October 15, 2014

At our Labor Day pool party this year, a 3-year-old boy grabbed a little girl by the arm when she sat in the plastic race car that the boy had been enjoying earlier. He got a scolding that focused on sharing and the she-had-it-first rule of kids’ justice. Off the boy went, frowning miserably for about 10 seconds, before finding some other great toy to fill his limitless desire to play. It seemed that a lesson was delivered, sufficient for the moment, the penalty fitting the crime.

A week later, I read that NFL star Adrian Peterson beat his 4-year-old son to bleeding and bruises with a tree branch, reportedly for pushing a cousin off a motorbike video game. Peterson was charged criminally with child abuse in Texas, where the incident occurred.

From the enactment of the first child protection laws in the United States in the 1960s and ’70s, lawmakers have carved out a corporal-punishment exception for parental supervision, control, and discipline of children. But where is the line between corporal punishment and child abuse? And which of these are crimes? I don’t think the line is so hard to find.

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Frank Cervone’s Interview With Fox 29: DA’s Office Investigating Center City Sex Trafficking Involving Minors


DA’s Office Investigating Center City Sex Trafficking Involving Minors
October 16, 2014

FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV
It was just after 9:00 a.m. Friday morning when sources say investigators from the city’s special victim’s unit entered a Center City Law firm with a search warrant for evidence in an ongoing sex trafficking investigation.

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