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2.  35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk


3.  About the CEA


4.  Child Advocates on WHYY


5.  Meet the Advocate


6.  Upcoming 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: 

1/15/14 Tracey Thomasey on Kids Corner


12/6/13  The Gifts That Just Keep On Giving Back



9/16/13  Support Center for Child Advocates Announces New Board Slate


Summer 2013 Changing The Story 



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



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 Rubinovitz  


David Silverman

Curley, Hessinger

& Johnsrud


Joe Tucker

Tucker Law Group


Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group





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 ABRThere's still time to buy tickets!! 


This year's event will feature a lively cocktail reception, exciting live and silent auctions, and a moving awards ceremony honoring Ed Satell with the 2014 Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award. To purchase tickets click below!

Plus, check out our Highlights Video from last year below!

2013 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction Highlights!
2013 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction Highlights!
Join us on Sunday, May 18, 2014 for the 35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk! This event attracts more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages each year and is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in the City of Philadelphia!
The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association to spotlight its concern for the children of Philadelphia and to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.
**Please note the new location of the run, Memorial Hall (next to the Please Touch Museum!)
To register, CLICK HERE!
ceaAbout the Center for Excellence in Advocacy!

Child Advocates has long wished to respond to the needs of advocates throughout Pennsylvania with a statewide training program that would coordinate the region's knowledge-base.  Through the establishment of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy (CEA), headquartered at Child Advocates, we will be positioned to expand our training capacity to respond to systemic needs in the following ways:


1)      deliver advanced training to lawyers, judges, and court administrators statewide;

2)      offer leadership, curriculum development and programs to provide substantive knowledge, sharpen trial and appellate skills, and offer contemporary best-practice approaches to child and parent representation;

3)      develop and refine program evaluation models that measure learning, gauge participant satisfaction, and reveal what is popular and effective in training programs; and

4)      create a distance-learning program so that colleagues from around the state can participate in a collegial learning experience without the burden and expense of travel.


The Center for Excellence in Advocacy looks forward to serving you. Be on the lookout for upcoming trainings!


For more information on the CEA, please click HERE.

 whyyChild Advocates on WHYY!
On March 10th, the staff of Child Advocates volunteered their time to work the phones at the WHYY-TV studios.  They answered phones and accepted pledges WHYY's annual membership drive.  See an interview with our Executive Director, Frank Cervone, below!
2014 WHYY Interview with Frank Cervone
2014 WHYY Interview with
Child Advocates Excecutive Director  Frank Cervone
 meetstaffMeet The Advocate: Katayun Jaffari


"Excellent" "Collaborative" "A committed and passionate advocate" 



These are the words of Support Center for Child Advocates social workers and attorneys who have worked with Katayun Jaffari since she began as a Volunteer Attorney with us in 1998. Kathy, as she is known around here, has represented more than 10 child clients and sibling groups since she began volunteering with us.


Recognizing her dedication to Child Advocates and the passion she brings to our cause, the Board of Directors elected her as a member in 2004, where she joined the Executive Committee, first as Vice President and then as President from 2011-2013.  Through her leadership as President, Kathy motivated staff and Board to lay the foundation for a strong future and saw the passage of new Strategic Plan: Vision 2020.  


"Of course, the most important part of my experience with Child Advocates has been working directly with and for the children - there is nothing more gratifying.  But I am also proud of what I was able to accomplish as a Board member and President."


Katy will be honored this year as a 2014 Distinguished Advocate at the Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception & Auction.


Congratulations, Kathy, and Thank You for all you do! 

eventsUpcoming Events! 

Thursday, April 24th -  "Vicarious Trauma and Burn Out: Supportive Strategies for Working With Clients In Crisis"

Monday, September 29th - 9th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic
Our Appreciation


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-The Child Advocates Team


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