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

PENNSYLVANIA BAR INSTITUTE

Presents

SUPPORT CENTER
FOR CHILD ADVOCATES

 

“How to Handle a Child Abuse Case”

 

Volunteer Training Workshop

WEDNESDAY, APRIL  22, 2015

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST: 8:30 AM

PROGRAM: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDITS: 6.5 (5.5 substantive, 1.0 ethics)

 

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.

AT:

THE CLE CONFERENCE CENTER
Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010
Philadelphia, PA 19107

On the evening of April 22nd, we will celebrate an Evening For Child Advocacy at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. Please join us after the CLE workshop in the Crystal Tea Room of the Wanamaker Building from 5:00 -8:00 pm. All CLE attendees can buy event tickets at a discounted rate of $75. Contact Cate Galbally to make payment arrangements at cgalbally@advokid.org or (267) 546-9216.

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

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

 

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.

 

 

Help Us Win The IKEA Challenge!

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We are thrilled to be one of 3 charities selected by IKEA Conshohocken co-workers to compete in the IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge!With your help, we can win! VOTE EVERY DAY ONLINE!

1. Click HERE or on the image above.
2. Enter your email address.
3.  Scroll to, and select, Conshohoken, PA.
4. Choose SUPPORT CENTER FOR CHILD ADVOCATES!
5. Vote every day until March 2nd!If we get the most votes online, IKEA Conshohocken will provide us with a “storehouse” of furniture, household goods, backpacks, toys and other items that we can give to our children and families when needed throughout the year. This First Prize is worth approximately $10,000!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Life Improvement Challenge and

CLICK HERE or on the image above to VOTE!

THANKS!

 

 

Shop & Give Back To Child Advocates, All At The Same Time! Join AmazonSmile Today!

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About AmazonSmile

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.
 
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