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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


A Note From Executive Director Frank Cervone


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.


Support Center For Child Advocates Announces New Board Slate

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Contact: Moira Mulroney




AUGUST 12, 2013 Philadelphia, PA – Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) announces the addition of five new Board Members: Dena Goldberg, Stroud Hellebusch, Susan Rubinovitz, Erica Rae Cline and Scott Lempert will join the other 26 members of the Board as passionate and enthusiastic advocates of the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children.

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Support Center for Child Advocates Honors Philanthropist Mark Solomon With The 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award

The 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award

January 8, 2013, Philadelphia, PA — On April 10, 2013, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) will celebrate 36 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization serving abused and neglected children at their Annual Benefit Reception & Auction held at the famed Crystal Tea Room (Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia).

The event will consist of a cocktail reception, silent and live auction and an inspiring Awards Ceremony honoring Mark Solomon with the 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his dedication to providing high quality education for children in the foster care system and his unwavering support of youth at risk. From his deep involvement with the Gesu School, Girard College, Arise Academy Charter School, ESF Dream Camp Foundation and Save A Mind Foundation in the Philadelphia region to Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, Mark has ensured that thousands of children throughout the world have a chance to get ahead.

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Support Center for Child Advocates Dedicates Special Wish to a Needy Child

The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates), the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children, One Simple Wish, and the Philadelphia Zoo announce today that they have partnered to grant a special wish to brighten the life of a deserving child and her family.

In an event to take place on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 3:00 p.m., a six-year old child client ofChild Advocates, a lover of animals, will receive her one simple wish, a tour of the zoo and a  year-long membership to the Zoo.

This will be the first of 35 wishes to be granted byChild Advocates over the next several months, in an effort to celebrate the 35th year of providing services to children who have been victims of child abuse and neglect.

“For 35 years we have been involved in the lives of our children at a time of trauma and stress,” says Frank Cervone, Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates and a nationally recognized child welfare and legal expert.  “It’s incredibly meaningful when we can bring a child some joy.  When asked what she might wish for, this 6-year old girl only asked for a trip to the Zoo. We’re grateful to One Simple Wish and the Philadelphia Zoo for creating a memory for a lifetime – a special tour and a family membership is more than she imagined.”

About The Support Center for Child Advocates: www.advokid.org. The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country, teaming volunteer lawyers with staff social workers to advocate for a permanent nurturing environment for every child. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 6,000 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $4.6 million annually.  Last year, Child Advocates served a record 873 children.

About One Simple Wish:www.onesimplewish.org.  One Simple Wish is a NJ charity that grants simple wishes to foster children and families in need. The Wish Granting program each year grants more than 1,000 wishes to foster children and vulnerable families.

About the Philadelphia Zoo:www.philadelphiazoo.org.  The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, is home to more than 1300 animals, many rare and endangered.  In fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, it is one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that are difficult to breed in captivity and protecting the natural habitats of the animals in its care.  It is dedicated to providing fun, educational and interactive programs for children, families and adults.


Moira Mulroney


Child Advocates Board President Joins Ballard Spahr

Distinguished Securities Attorney Katayun Jaffari Joins Ballard Spahr
PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 2012) – Katayun I. Jaffari, an attorney known for her work in securities, corporate governance, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions, has joined Ballard Spahr as a Business and Finance partner in Philadelphia, Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Ms. Jaffari assists companies, primarily in the biotechnology, energy, and technology sectors, with securities transactions. She also provides compliance counseling and represents clients in initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and private offerings,including PIPE and Rule 144A transactions. Ms. Jaffari advises directors and officers on fiduciary obligations and financial reporting requirements, and she assists clients in compliance with federal laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. She also helps companies develop compliance programs.
“Kathy is a dynamo and will be a great asset to our corporate practice,” Mr. Stewart said. “She is well regarded in the legal and business communities for her skill, experience, and energy, and we are very happy to welcome her as a partner.”
Ms. Jaffari said: “I chose Ballard Spahr because of the tremendous team I’ll be joining. The work they are doing in corporate governance and securities is a perfect fit with mypractice. It is precisely the platform I was looking for to grow my practice.”
Honored for her pro bono work by Pennsylvania’s First Judicial District, Ms. Jaffari has also taken active and leadership roles in numerous community organizations. She currently serves as President of the Support Center for Child Advocates; as Chair of the Small Business Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section; and as a member of the boards of InterAct Theatre Company, Yoga Unites, and the Scleroderma Foundation’s Delaware Valley Chapter.
Ballard Spahr’s Securities practice group is home to more than 60 attorneys nationwide. It assists with public company reporting and disclosure obligations, handles public offerings and private placements, represents clients in enforcement and regulatory actions, and defends companies and their officers in state and federal court and in arbitration. In addition, the team has substantial experience handling internal investigations.
About Ballard Spahr
Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with more than 525 lawyers in 13 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life sciences and technology companies, health systems, investors and developers, government agencies and sponsored enterprises, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The firm combines a national scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge. For more information, please visit www.ballardspahr.com.


Moira Mulroney


Support Center for Child Advocates Celebrates 35 Years of Advocacy

On April 18, 2012, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) will celebrate 35 years of leading the nation with a trailblazing model of pro bono legal and social services for abused and neglected children at their Annual Benefit Reception & Auction held at the famed Crystal Tea Room(Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia).  The event, one of Philadelphia’s premier charity galas with an expected attendance of over 1000 legal, corporate and individual supporters, will consist of a Cocktail Reception, Silent and Live Auctions and an inspiring Awards Ceremony honoring Marciene S. Mattleman, President of ASAP/After School Activities Partnership and Education Reporter for KYW News, with the 2012 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award.

“With recent cases of child abuse currently flooding the headlines, there is now a renewed focus on the care and well-being of children which is our specialty.  The Annual Benefit Reception & Auction is an exciting evening where we honor an exemplary class of community leaders and friends of children as Distinguished Advocates.   We also raise critical funds that allow us to advocate for laws that protect the rights of children and work to attain our mission of securing a permanent and nurturing environment for every child,” says Frank P. CervoneChild Advocates Executive Director and a nationally recognized child welfare legal expert.

In addition to honoring Marciene S. Mattelman for her leadership and vision in providing young people with access to quality education and healthy mentoring relationships, Child Advocates will celebrate the extraordinary efforts of the following individuals/couples who are changing the story for children recognizing them with the Distinguished Advocates award: Leonard A. Bernstein (Reed Smith LLP), Sharon & William Fogle (Adoptive Parents),Karen G. Lessin, Anne M. Manero (Kent & McBride PC), Raymond L. McCullough (Pennsylvania Convention Center), Peter J. McNamara (Law Offices of Peter J. McNamara), John J. Pavain (MaxQ Technologies), Adrienne Simmons & Bradley T. Sheares, and Bernadette T. Smith.


The 2012 Annual Benefit Reception Co-Chairs areBeth Hanssens, Chief Financial Officer, PBS KIDS Sprout, Rosemarie HoslynCorporate Counsel, De Lage Landen Financial Services and Matt Siegel,Member of the Litigation Department, Cozen O’ Connor.

For more information on tickets and sponsorship visit www.advokid.org or contact Muhammida El Muhajir at 267-546-9211 or melmuhajir@advokid.org.



Muhammida El Muhajir

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