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



Thousands of children in Philadelphia are living lives ravaged by abuse, violence and neglect. Last year, Support Center for Child Advocates’ teams of volunteer lawyers and staff social workers served more than 925 children by providing legal representation and social services advocacy. Each year, we are called upon to represent even more at-risk children who need our help. This is why Child Advocates is coming to you now.

You don’t have to be an expert in child welfare law to help a child. What you do need is a desire to add meaning to your life, to grow in your profession, to leave a permanent imprint on society.

As a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney, you can change the story.


Attend our Volunteer Training Workshop.

“How to Handle a Child Abuse Case”

Wednesday, October 28, 2015   8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
CLE Conference Center
(Wanamaker Bldg., 10th FL, Ste. 1010 Philadelphia PA 19107)
Continuing Legal Education Credit: 6.5 (4.5 Substantive, 2.0 Ethics)

To register click HERE


*This course is intended only for those interested in becoming Child Advocate Volunteer Attorneys, not for those interested in receiving paid Dependent Court appointments.

To learn more, contact:
Jodi Schatz, Esq.
Director of Intake & Pro Bono Services jschatz@advokid.org or 267-546-9233



10th Annual Golf Classic

We are moving to a new location – the Philadelphia Cricket Club!  It’s our 10th Annual Golf Classic and we hope you will join us on Monday, September 28, 2015 to try your luck (and skill) at one of the top golf courses in the country! Bring clients, colleagues and friends for a day on the greens that will truly make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. Together, we can change the story!

All proceeds from the event will support Child Advocates Project for Medically Needy Children, a critical program that teams staff social workers with specially trained volunteer lawyers to secure necessary medical treatment, special education, rehabilitation services and permanent nurturing homes for our young clients with serious and/or chronic medical needs.

Date: Monday, September 28, 2015

  • 10: 00 am, Golf Arrival and Registration
  • 11:00 am, Golfer Luncheon                                   
  • Noon, Shotgun Start/Shamble Format         
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Cocktail Party                                               

Location: Philadelphia Cricket Club, 6025 West Valley Green Road, Flourtown, PA 19031 

CLICK HERE to view sponsorship opportunities.

Check out the highlights video from the 2014 event!

Thank you sponsors!!!!


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Console Law Offices LLC
Continuum Rehabilitation LLC
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Duane Morris, LLP
First Niagara Bank
Amy A. Fox and Daniel H. Wheeler
Fox Rothschild, LLP
The Haverford Trust Company
Heritage Senior Living LLC
Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar
Marcum LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
Westrum Development Company
Workplace Environments

On the Course
Bederson LLP
Joe DeSimone
Bill McNichol
Dolores M. Miller
Permit Capital Advisors, LLC

The Legal Intelligencer

For more information contact
Cate Galbally


36th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk Recap Including Results!

Read about everything that happened at the  36th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk and check out all the results by clicking on the great article below published May 27th in The Legal Intelligencer written by Manny D. Pokotilow!

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Baltimore Mom Caught On Video Disciplining Child Sparks Online Debate

April 30, 2015
By KYW social media editor Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Baltimore mom caught on camera smacking her son when she found him participating in rioting — originally hailed as “Mom of the Year” — is now facing some backlash on social media for beating her child in such a public manner.

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Improving Representation and Outcomes for Children

Frank P. Cervone, The Legal Intelligencer
March 23, 2015

Slipping through the cracks in the system, a child’s story ends in tragedy. A young person lingering in foster care for years, moving from place to place with no permanent home. These are the perceptions of life in the child welfare system in Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, in some cases, it is all too true. The child welfare population is growing. For the first time since 2009, Philadelphia has more than 5,000 children in out-of-home care, compared to 4,256 at the end of 2012. This is the bad news.

The good news is that, locally and statewide, the child welfare system is responding in an effort to improve outcomes for children.

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Support Center for Child Advocates Wins the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge!

(Philadelphia, PA March 9, 2015) – Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) in Philadelphia, PA was the winner of IKEA Life Improvement Challenge sponsored by the IKEA store (Conshohocken). Child Advocates’ young clients are subjected to sudden change, and they are sometimes quickly relocated. Child Advocates will now have an IKEA inventory of commonly needed items, such as bedding, mattresses, bedroom furniture, luggage, school supplies and backpacks to help foster children feel they have a place in their new home. For younger children, a nice new soft toy will provide a sense of comfort during times of transition.

“Our child clients frequently need a safe and comfortable place to call home, while they recover from personal trauma,” says Child Advocates Executive Director Frank Cervone. “Oftentimes, these children have very few possessions, let alone necessary furniture or other personal effects that most of us take for granted.”

IKEA wants to play a part in creating a better life for the many people, as well as communities touched by IKEA business. While IKEA works on a global level to improve the lives of people in developing countries, IKEA also wants to be a good neighbor in its local communities. The IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker challenge is one way to make a difference closer to home.

How the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge Works:
Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then the IKEA steering committee – at each store – selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote online. The charitable organization from each store market with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive IKEA gift cards.

IKEA US started the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge in 2011, and since then over 120 local charities have received over $1 million in IKEA products, design expertise, and manpower.

For more information on the winners, click HERE:

Contact: Moira Mulroney, Director of Development & Communications 267-546-9208

About Support Center for Child Advocates: The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) is the country’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency for children. Child Advocates mission is to advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing safety, justice, well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child. www.advokid.org

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog


The Philadelphia Bar Reporter: Pro Bono Spotlight on Child Advocates

Take a moment to read this wonderful article written by Child Advocate Volunteer Attorney John G. Gaul for the March edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter.  Click HERE for the March edition and flip to page 17 to read the article. Thank you, John for writing such an amazing piece about our agency and for the great work you do. You help us change the story.


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