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Table of Contents


1.  Toy Drive


2.  Pro Bono Awards


3.  Meet The Advocate


4.  Trainings


5.  Events

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 with the goal of securing safety, justice, 

well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child.


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In The News 


Recent Press: 

Summer 2013 Changing The Story


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



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


1/15/13  Op-ed: Lack of Statewide Strategy Hampers Child Protection



Board of Directors  


Mark Gittelman, President

PNC Bank


Matthew Siegel, Vice President 

Cozen O'Connor


Nicole Friant, Secretary 

Duane Morris


Beth Hanssens, Treasurer 



Board Members

Deborah Baird

 Eckert Seamans

Erica Rae Cline

 Morgan Lewis  


Deborah Cohen



Victoria Demo


Joe DeSimone


Kathleen Egan


Amy Fox


Dena Goldberg


Feige Grundman

Blank Rome


M. Stroud Hellebusch  


Rosemarie Hoslyn


 Katherine Kelton


 Sherri Krensel


Scott M. Lempert
Sandals & Associates 

Janie Mershon


Kathy Ochroch

Blank Rome


Edward Ohlbaum

Beasley School of Law,
Temple University


Charles Persing

Bederson LLP


Jill Porter


Shannon Prown

Navigant Consulting


Elizabeth Reeves

AmeriHealth Mercy 


Jane Robinson

UBS Financial Services


Suzanne Root

Attorney at Law


Susan M. Rubinovitz  


David Silverman

Curley, Hessinger

& Johnsrud


Joe Tucker

Tucker Law Group


Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group





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Save The Date!
Child Advocates Holiday Toy Drive 
Saturday, December 21st!
2012 Child Advocates Toy Drive Highlight Reel!
2012 Child Advocates
Toy Drive Highlight Reel
Our Annual Child Advocates Toy Drive is right around the corner! We need you to donate toys, lend a hand to sort and bag or sign up to deliver gifts! Click HERE for more information. The Toy Drive site will be open the first week of December and we will have more details to share soon. Until then, watch the 2012 Toy Drive highlight reel.

First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
2013 Pro Bono Awards Ceremony

Friends and coworkers gathered at City Hall on Wednesday, October 23rd to watch Child Advocates Staff Attorney Barry Kassel, Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney Leslie Anne Sudock and others accept awards from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. The 2013 Pro Bono Publico Awards honored attorneys for their work in Philadelphia County.  
(Barry Kassel (3rd from left) pictured with Child Advocates staff!)
Congratulations to Barry for his work in Juvenile Dependency Court and to Leslie for her work in Domestic Relations Court!  
Meet the Advocate: Christine Minerva, Social Worker

Christine Minerva, MSW  is our newest Child Advocate Social Worker who has always had a passion for advocacy. Before working at Child Advocates, she was a caseworker and therapist at Womanspace, an organization that prevents domestic violence and provides services to victims of abuse and neglect. In 2012, she was honored with the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention Award for her project with local child protection agencies to train caseworkers on how to handle cases with a co-occurrence of child abuse and domestic violence.


At Child Advocates, Christine is happy to be part of an organization that works to improve child advocacy services on a micro and macro level. Most of all, she loves seeing the impact Child Advocates has on the community and how deeply the staff cares about each client. Originally from New Jersey, Christine graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Sociology and Women's Studies and obtained her Master's degree in Social Work at Rutgers University. When she is not working, Christine enjoys hanging out with family and friends, camping, shunning all social media (even Facebook!) and martial arts. Welcome to Child Advocates, Christine!
Trainings, Trainings & More Trainings!

On Wednesday, October 23rd, in recognition of Pro Bono Week, Child Advocates presented a CLE, "Law and Ethics: Hot Topics in Child Advocacy," hosted by our friends at Blank Rome. Nearly 40 people attended the event, most of whom are active volunteer attorneys. Executive Director Frank Cervone spoke on issues of education and health care, DHS community-based services and community umbrella agencies, and family group decision making, among other topics.


Volunteer Training Workshop on Wednesday, October 30th

Join us for a full-day CLE, "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," on Wednesday, October 30th, at the PBI Conference Center." The course is required in order to become a Child Advocates volunteer attorney and provides certification for eligibility to receive court-appointed dependency cases. The workshop includes presentations on the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Services Law, the role of a child advocate in a criminal case, and more. Attendees will receive our training manual How to Handle a Child Abuse Case, with the latest Juvenile Act amendments and Juvenile Court rules. Attendees will receive six CLE credits for the course. For registration and fee details, click HERE.


Children's Rights Committee Fall Training Program on Friday, November 8th

Child Advocates Education Staff Attorney Megan Rok will be lecturing alongside Professor Lucy Johnston-Walsh at the PBA Children's Rights Committee Fall Training Program, "Educational Advocacy for Dependent and Delinquent Youth." The workshop will teach legal advocates how to ensure that their clients have access to quality educational opportunities. The topic of Megan's lecture is "Making the Case: Education Rights Advocacy in the Court Room." For more information and to register, click HERE.  

Upcoming Events!



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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