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37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5k Run/Walk

Join us for the 37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Memorial Hall in Fairmont Park and race to help abused children find more stable lives.

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.

Register today by clicking HERE.

Click HERE for 2015 race results.

Pictures from the 36th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk!


2016 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Support Center for Child Advocates celebrated 39 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction.

This year, we proudly recognize philanthropists and community leaders Penny and Robert Fox with the 2016 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for their commitment to Philadelphia’s youth and years of engagement with Child Advocates. Through the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program at Penn, Gesu School and other institutions of learning, Penny and Bob have provided access to education for hundreds of eager minds and taught thousands of students the importance of community service and civic engagement. In addition, their focus on betterment of area institutes of health research has ensured that future generations may be healed and thrive.

The evening will also celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our friends who devote countless hours to improving the lives of traumatized children. The 2016 Distinguished Advocates for Children are: Joseph A. Arnold, Gordon & Rees LLP; Marguerite C. Gualtieri, Support Center for Child Advocates; Beth Hanssens; Katherine M. Katchen, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Angel R. KuchtaAmtrak; Christopher M. Mikson MD, Mayer Brown LLP; Jill PorterSarah Richards Humble, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Mark W. Tanner, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP, who will receive the Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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.

Check out the highlights video from the 2015 event!



Review of “Compassion Fatigue: Caveat Caregiver?”

A great write-up on on a teleconference featuring a panel of experts convened by the ABA Section of Litigation’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee examining the phenomenon recently termed “compassion fatigue.” Our own Alexandra Dolan, MSS, LSW, was one the speakers! Click HERE to read the article.


“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”

Thursday, April 7, 2016   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


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



Donations of time, money can benefit veterans, foster children

December 21, 2015
By Philadelphia Inquirer writer Erin Arvedlund

Want to invest in something worthwhile for the holidays? Consider becoming an advocate for a foster kid or a homeless veteran.
Support Center for Child Advocates, the foster-child advocacy group, is looking for volunteer attorneys.

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To keep children safe, continue DHS reforms

Please take a moment to read Frank’s op-ed published today in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“It is our mandate as a community to hold the system responsible, continue to push for growth and change, and participate fully in that evolution. The work of change is never finished, but the system is on the right path.”

Click HERE to read the article in its entirety.


Child Welfare and the Mayoral Transition

The Philadelphia child welfare reform initiative “Improving Outcomes for Children” continues to show promise, but the work is certainly not done yet.  The Support Center for Child Advocates offers analysis and recommendations to Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney and his Transition Team.  We look forward to working with members of the new administration, to the success of its programs and for the well-being of all the children and families of our community.

To read Frank Cervone’s full memo to Mayor-elect Jim Kenney please click here: Child Welfare and the Mayoral Transition

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