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Table of Contents


1.  End of Year Giving


2.  8th Annual Golf Classic


3.  Frank Cervone - Lifetime Achievement Award


4.  New Billboard


5.  Standard of Proof in Child Abuse Cases

6.  Alex Dutton


Who We Are


The Support Center

for Child Advocates

provides legal and social

services to our most

vulnerable children.

It is our mission to

advocate for victims of

child abuse and neglect in

Philadelphia with the goal

of securing a permanent,

nurturing environment

for every child.


united way

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In The News 


Recent Press: 

6/18/13  Senate Mulling Bill Aimed at Redefining Child Abuse


3/25/13  Op-ed: Advocates Say Abuse Measure Would Make Matters Worse


2/7/13  Op-ed: PA Kids Need More Protection From Abuse


1/15  Op-ed: Lack of Statewide Strategy Hampers Child Protection



Our Board

of Directors


Katayun Jaffari



 Katherine Kelton

Vice President


 Sherri Krensel



 Mark Gittelman


PNC Bank


Deborah Baird

 Eckert Seamans

Deborah Cohen



Victoria Demo


Joe DeSimone


Gary Deutsch

PNC Bank


Kathleen Egan


Amy Fox


A. Nicole Friant

Duane Morris


Feige Grundman

Blank Rome


Beth Hanssens

PBS Kids Sprout


Rosemarie Hoslyn


Janie Mershon


Kathy Ochroch

Blank Rome


Edward Ohlbaum

Beasley School of Law, Temple University


Charles Persing

Bederson & Company


Jill Porter


Shannon Prown

Navigant Consulting


Elizabeth Reeves

AmeriHealth Mercy 


Jane Robinson

UBS Financial Services


Suzanne Root

Attorney at Law


Matthew Siegel

Cozen O'Connor


David Silverman

Curley, Hessinger

& Johnsrud


Joe Tucker

Tucker Law Group


Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group





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The end of our fiscal year is quickly approaching and we need your help to meet our $2.46 million budget.  This past year we have served more than 800 children and will continue to provide the highest quality legal representation and compassionate social services care.

We give children the specialized attention that they each deserve - a voice, an advocate, a support system, a safe home.  You make a difference - every gift counts!

8th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic!
2013 Child Advocates Golf Classic Teaser Video
2013 Child Advocates Golf Classic Highlight Video

Bring clients and colleagues and try your luck (and skill) at one of the top five golf courses in Pennsylvania. A day on the greens at Huntingdon Valley Country Club provides your organization with a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a child.  Together, we can change the story!

All proceeds from this event will support Child Advocates Project for Medically Needy Children. The Project teams staff social workers with specially trained volunteer lawyers to secure necessary medical treatment, special education, rehabilitation services and permanent nurturing homes for children with serious and/or chronic medical needs.
To register for the 8th Annual Golf Classic, to become a sponsor or for additional information please click HERE.

Thank you to our Media Sponsor The Legal Intelligencer!

Executive Director Frank Cervone Honored with
Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Cervone is among the notable attorneys and leaders who have been recognized wtih a Lifetime Achievement Award by the  The Legal Intelligencer. 
Please click HERE to read what the law means to Frank and the other honorees.  Congratulations, Frank, for this well-deserved honor!
 The Child Advocates New Billboard!


The new Child Advocates billboard is up! 

Have you spotted the new billboard?  Tell us where!

Be the first to correctly identify the location of our new billboard and receive some special cool summer swag from Child Advocates!  Email Tracy with your guess.

Thanks to LevLane for the design and Steen Outdoor Advertising for donating the space!
Child Advocates Informs Court on
Standard of Proof in Child Abuse Cases


Child Advocates led a group of 15 child-serving organizations from across the Commonwealth in writing a brief amici curiae, filed recently in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in an important child abuse case. 

G.V. v. Commonwealth of PA Department of Public Welfare, No. 13 MAP 2013.  We wrote in support of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare position that the standard of evidence for retention of an "indicated" report's status on the Child Abuse Registry should remain the long-standing statutory "substantial evidence" rather than "clear and convincing" standard.  


The case arises from the administrative appeal of an "indicated" finding in a child abuse investigation in Lancaster County, where a 16 year-old girl was found to have been sexually assaulted by her great-uncle. In requiring a "clear and convincing" standard of proof in child abuse expunction cases under the Child Protective Services Law, the Commonwealth Court overturned long-standing "substantial evidence" standard.  Our brief focused on the interests of the state in protecting children and their right to be free from harm.  We explored the nature of many child abuse events: one-on-one, otherwise secret events between an adult and a minor child, often with no physical evidence. A clear & convincing standard will likely result in countless abuse situations being unfounded and unabated. 


We want to recognize the outstanding service of pro bono counsel Tom Zemaitis and Melissa Hatch and their team at Pepper Hamilton LLP, as well as the wisdom and guidance of Child Advocates Board Member and Temple Law Professor Eddie Ohlbaum, along with Frank Cervone, Margie Gualtieri and Barry Kassel of Child Advocates staff.


Meet Alex Dutton:
Child Advocates Social Work Intern

Alex Dutton, our Social Work intern, has joined with two fellow students at Temple Law School and volunteers from the U.S. Attorneys office to build a youth court at Strawberry Mansion High School.  Alex will graduate with a joint degree in Law and Social Work from Temple.  

Read an article about his creative and innovative approach to helping youth by clicking 

Upcoming Events!

Monday, September 30th -



Saturday, December 21st - 
Child Advocates Annual Holiday Toy Drive Delivery Day


Our Appreciation


Thank you for reading our monthly newsletter. Stay connected on regular basis by checking out our social media (just click any of the buttons below!) Like us, follow us, and feel free to direct any questions  or feedback to Tracy Buchholz. Thanks again for helping us change the story!

-The Child Advocates Team


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