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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


Child Advocates Webinar Series: Advanced Skills in Child Advocacy


The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates), Center for Excellence in Advocacy is proud to announce a new free webinar series specifically designed for Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys. Each topic will be geared toward knowledge and skill building in the area of child welfare law.

The first webinar in the series will focus on…

Special Education Law

Many youth who access services through the behavioral health and/or child welfare systems have special education needs. This training will provide an overview of special education law and address the special education needs of children who have both academic and behavioral health needs. Participants will learn how to access and advocate for special education services.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Register HERE today!

Continuing Education Credit Available:
2.0 CLE Credits
2.0 CEU Credits*

For more information please contact: Meghan Johnson, Program Manager, Support Center for Child Advocates at mjohnson@advokid.org

*CEU credit is offered by the Support Center for Child Advocates in conjunction with Bryn Mawr College, School of Social Work and Social Research


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.

Amazon Wish List. Purchase gifts or clothing from our client specific requested holiday list. Click HERE to choose some gifts without leaving your desk!

Volunteer at our Toy Drive headquarters (location 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!


“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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