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Center For Excellence In Advocacy Presents “Changes to the DSM V Affecting Childhood Diagnoses” Training


Presents an Outcomes in Behavioral Health Project training:

 Changes to the DSM V Affecting Childhood Diagnoses

 Presenter: Kanjana Rajaratnam, LCSW

 Friday, May 9, 2014


 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

1701 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Check-in begins at 12:45pm


This training is designed for Attorneys and Social Workers in the Child Welfare system who routinely connect clients with therapeutic services and monitor these services for court-involved families. The Learning Objective for this training is to gain an understanding of the following:

  1.  The changes made to the DSM-5 affecting childhood diagnoses.
  2.  The new DSM-5 organizational structure.
  3.  New disorders included in this edition including, Disruptive Behavior Disorder,


  1.  Social Engagement Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in preschool


  1.  Non-suicidal self-harm.
  2.  The differences in the behavior disorders. 

Registration fee:
$20.00 for 3 CEUs for Social Workers, LPCs, and MFTs
$35.00 for 3 CLEs for attorneys

Space is limited, please register soon at: http://bit.ly/1lIw4Th


Training contact: Alexandra Dolan, MSS, LSW (adolan@advokid.org)

*This program is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. As a CSWE accredited program, The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College is a pre-approved provider of continuing education in Pennsylvania and many other states.

**This training is made possible through grants from Pew Charitable Trusts and the Rentschler Foundation.




2014 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

2014 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

On April 9, 2014, Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) celebrated 37 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. This one-of-a-kind cocktail reception, silent and live auction has become one of Philadelphia’s premier philanthropic events attended by over 1,000 legal, corporate and individual supporters.

Thank you sponsors!!

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Progressive Business Publications

Ballard Spahr LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Andrea and Ken Frazier
Penn Consulting Group – CPA’s
Pepper Hamilton LLP
The E. Rhoda Shaten Charitable Foundation

Blank Rome LLP
Cozen O’Connor
Dunleavy & Associates

AmeriHealth Caritas 
Rhonda and David Cohen
Console Law Offices, LLC
Leah and Edward Frankel
Fox Rothschild LLP
Gibbons, P.C.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt, P.C.
Rose Glen Advisors, LLC
Suzanne Root
Saul Ewing LLP
SolomonEdwardsGroup, LLC
The Legal Intelligencer
Tucker Law Group

Aquipt, Inc
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Andrea and Louis Broad
Dechert LLP
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Eureka Growth Capital
Amy A. Fox and Daniel H. Wheeler
Pam and Rod Gagne
Gordon & Rees LLP
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
The Honickman Foundation
Independence Blue Cross
Liberty Property Trust
Marcum LLP
Salli and Stephen Mickelberg
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Reed Smith
Alan Sandals and Alisa Field
Shechtman Marks Devor PC
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
White & Williams LLP

Abelson Legal Search
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Anapol Schwartz Weiss & Cohan
Archer & Greiner PC
Bederson LLP
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Caddick Construction Co., Inc.
Caron Treatment Centers
Center City Film & Video
Conestoga Bank
Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud LLP
The Dispute Resolution Institute
Kathy and Patrick Egan
Ellis Investment Partners
Enterprise CarShare
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP
Anne and Jim Galbally
The Gebhard Wealth Management Group Of Janney Montgomery Scott
Mark Gittelman
Norma and Bernard Gittelman
Jane and Allan Greenspan
The Haverford Trust Company
Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, P.C. 
Annamarie and Stroud Hellebusch
The Jaffari Family
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates
Katherine Kelton and Troy Graham
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Maxwell Strawbridge Charitable Trust
McCarter & English, LLP
Judith Meyer, Esq.
Dolores M. Miller
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP
Anne Morrissey and Rose Marie Greco
Kathy Ochroch and Peter Hilton-Kingdon
PNC Bank
Post & Schell, PC
Ricoh Americas Corporation
Jane and Bill Robinson
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Cassie Solomon & Benjamin Pierce
Paula and Mark Solomon
Steve Harvey Law LLC
Tactix Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Workplace Environments

Community Partner
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Cate Galbally



2014 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

2014 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

Join us on Sunday, May 18, 2014 for the 35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk! 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.

NEW THIS YEAR- we are thrilled to announce this year’s race will take place at the Memorial Hall course!

Children ages 5-10 will love running in the FREE  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids’ Dash 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.


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Check out our highlight video from last year…

Or check out pictures

2013 Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk!

Thank you sponsors!!

Presenting Sponsors
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow
Firstrust Bank

Legal Sponsor
Anapol Schwartz Weiss & Cohan
Baker Hostetler
Blank Rome LLP
Ciardi Ciardi & Astin
Clark Hill Thorpe Reed
Cozen O’Connor
DLA Piper
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fox Rothschild LLP
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Momjian Anderer LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Offit Kurman
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Raynes McCarty
Sandals & Associates P.C.
Stevens & Lee/Griffin
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy P.C.

Corporate Sponsors
USI Affinity

Legal Supporters
Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney

Legal Supporter



A Note From Executive Director Frank Cervone On The Passing of Professor Edward D. Ohlbaum

FRIENDS – Our entire community is saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Edward D. Ohlbaum. Of course whether friend – and he had many – or foe – who knew him to be the most formidable of adversaries — he was known only as Eddie. Our thoughts are with Eddie’s wife Karyn Scher and their son Jake.

Our beloved friend and brother served in so many roles, of which I know only a few: senior trial lawyer with the Defender Association of Philadelphia; founding Board Member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project; Law Professor and Director of Trial Advocacy and Clinical Legal Education at Temple Law School; and at the Support Center for Child Advocates, as Volunteer Child Advocate, Member of our Board of Directors, and Chair of our Child Policy Committee, and consultant on our most challenging ethics and practice questions. Mentor, teacher, advocate, advisor, coach, author. Warm, energetic, unselfish, brilliant, insightful, encouraging, gracious, personal. These are some of the words that come to mind when we think of our friend.

I don’t think he shared news of his illness with many. Always about the work, about injustice, about his students, especially about his family and his friends — he was so much like this, as it was never about Eddie. We join in our fond memories of him, with such sadness.

-Frank Cervone, Executive Director of Child Advocates

The family requests that contributions in Eddie’s memory be directed toward The Pennsylvania Innocence Project at Temple Law School and the Support Center for Child Advocates
Click HERE to donate to the Support Center for Child Advocates in memory of Eddie.


“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


Lunch on Your Own


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

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

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


Director of Social Work, Tracey Thomasey, appears on Kids Corner!


Our very own Tracey Thomasey was on WXPN’s radio show Kids Corner with Kathy O’Connell on 88.5 WXPN-FM Wednesday, January 15th.

Tracey talked with Kathy O’Connell about sadness and depression in children and teens.  As many as 1 in every 33 children may have depression; in teens, that number may be as high as 1 in 8.

Click HERE if you missed the interview to listen to it in its entirety!

Thanks for listening!



Check us out in the Metro Newspaper for #GivingTuesday!

Check out Child Advocates Communication Associate Tracy Buchholz and Toy Drive Coordinator Chris Hayes organizing the Toy Drive site on #GivingTuesday featured in the Metro!


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