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Law Catching Up On Punishment Vs. Child Abuse

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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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In Pennsylvania What Used To Be Considered Corporal Punishment Is Now Child Abuse

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In Pennsylvania, what used to be considered corporal punishment is now child abuse
By Frank Cervone

October 15, 2014

The latest debate over corporal punishment continues, having been set off by NFL star Adrian Peterson beating his 4-year-old song with a tree branch to the point of bleeding and bruising, reportedly for pushing a cousin off a motorbike video game. Mr. 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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Child abuse allegations against Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has sparked vigorous debate about the use of corporal punishment on children.

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Child abuse allegations against Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has sparked vigorous debate about the use of corporal punishment on children.
By Cherri Gregg

September 16, 2014

Many child advocates say physical discipline is wrong, while some parents defend their actions, saying spankings can be appropriate under certain circumstances.

Corporal punishment is legal in Pennsylvania, as in most states.

But, some experts point out, there’s a thin line between a spanking and abuse.

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Advocacy for Foster Youth to Achieve Educational Success

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Advocacy for Foster Youth to Achieve Educational Success
By Frank P. Cervone and Megan Rok, The Legal Intelligencer

June 30, 2014

The education crisis of foster youth has started to garner attention from lawmakers. A complex array of federal and state laws provides court-involved youth with substantive and procedural educational entitlements. There is great power in these legal entitlements, but targeted advocacy is needed to transform paper promises into educational opportunities. When foster youth do not receive the educational opportunities they need and deserve, there is frequently no one to speak up on their behalf.

The Support Center for Child Advocates is Philadelphia’s volunteer lawyer program for abused and neglected children. Through a model of “whole child” representation and social work advocacy, the program seeks to secure client safety and protection from further abuse, as well as improved outcomes for child well-being. Child Advocates staff and pro bono lawyers will represent an all-time high of more than 910 children this year. Through our work, we seek to provide stability in the lives of children who have lived with trauma and uncertainty.

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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.

 

CLICK  BELOW TO SEE RESULTS FROM THE 35TH ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION 5K RUN/WALK!

 

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

 

 

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A Note From Executive Director Frank Cervone

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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.

 

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!

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