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2015 Holiday Toy Drive

2015 Holiday Toy Drive

Holiday Toy Drive Information:

For many of the kids we serve, the holidays are difficult. Some children may be separated from their parents, others from their siblings. At least 90% come from families living below the federal poverty level. All have experienced significant trauma that taints the warm holiday season.

We invite you to make the holidays brighter for these boys and girls.

Join our Holiday Toy Drive! We offer many ways to participate. Please read each volunteer opportunity carefully, as some changes have been made this year.

Coordinate a Child Advocates Toy Drive at work, among friends and family, at your child’s school, or at your church, synagogue or mosque. We will send you the names and ages of children – you tell us how many – on adhesive labels that can be distributed to your donors. We suggest a minimum of 10 children. When you’re done, deliver the toys to us or we’ll pick them up.

Buy gifts for our children (Birth to 21). We especially need gifts for teenagers. Gift cards are an easy way to give to this age group and our teens love them! Ideas: American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Five Below, Foot Locker, Old Navy, Target,Urban Outfitters, movie theaters, restaurants, etc. Click HERE for gift ideas for all ages.

Volunteer at our Toy Drive headquarters (To be determined) to help sort and bag toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day.

Help deliver toys on December 19th – Delivery Day. To protect the safety and well-being of the children we serve, we are requiring all Toy Drive Drivers to complete a background check. If you have completed a background check in the past year, please send a copy of your clearance to Cate Galbally or fax to 267-546-9201, attention Toy Drive Clearance. Child Advocates volunteer attorneys and 2014 Toy Drive Drivers do not have to undergo another background check but will need to contact Cate Galbally to register. To complete a background check please click HERE.

Sponsor a needy family or teen on a larger scale. Many of our clients’ families are impoverished with large sibling groups or special needs children, and may require more than toys.

Sorters, Donors and Toy Drive Coordinators, click HERE to fill out our volunteer interest form. 

**Things to remember: The deadline to delivery toys to our Toy Drive headquarters is Wednesday, December 16th, 2015. Please do not wrap gifts, give candy, or weapon-themed toys.

If you have any questions, please contact cgalbally@advokid.org, 267-546-9216.

Check out some of our amazing photos from our 2014 Holiday Toy Drive by clicking below!

Watch our Holiday Toy Drive 2014 Highlights video
and learn why your friends are involved.


“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


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



10th Annual Golf Classic

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 10th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic at the Philadelphia Cricket Club! It was a great day on the course with players competing for exciting prizes.

The results are in! 

First Place Team (Wissahickon) – Score 134
Heather Green, Brenner Green, Arnie Shienvold, Kasey Shienvold

First Place Team (Militia Hill) – Score 136
George Hall, Bill Schmitt, Dan Farley, John Morgenthaler

First Place Low Gross MEN – Score 73
Mike Shive

Second Place Low Gross MEN – Score 74*
Peter Keller

First Place Low Gross WOMEN – Score 79
Barbara Gontkof

Second Place Low Gross WOMEN – Score 89*
Katherine Kelton

*Denotes Scorecard Playoff

On-Course Prizes
Hole #3 – Wissahickon
Closest to the Hole
Hank Smith

Hole #13 – Wissahickon
Longest Drive
Kasey Shienvold

Hole #11 – Militia Hill
Closest to the Hole
Steve Console

Hole #13 – Militia Hill
Longest Drive
Mark Dianno

All proceeds from the event 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.

Pictures from the 10th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic!

Thank you sponsors!!!!


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Console Law Offices LLC
Continuum Rehabilitation LLC
Cummins Power Systems, Inc.
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Duane Morris, LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP
First American Title Insurance Company
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
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Rawle & Henderson LLP
Republic Bank
The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
Swartz Campbell LLC
Westrum Development Company
Workplace Environments

On the Course
Bederson LLP
Cozen O’Connor
Joe DeSimone
Falcon Capital Partners LLC
Mark Gittelman
High Swartz,  LLP
Bill McNichol
MillCrest Law LLP
Dolores M. Miller
Permit Capital Advisors, LLC
Jane and Bill Robinson
Subha and Jim Robinson
Thursday Night Drinking Club

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

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