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


3. Mark Hardin Award


4.  CEA Training


5.  Golf Save The Date


6.  Instagram


7.  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: 
April Frank Cervone wins Mark Hardin award


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



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





 chamber non profit



What a spectacular night! Thank you again to our amazing sponsors, honorees and everyone who attended our biggest event of the year.  Be sure to check out more on our FB page HERE and tag yourself in our pictures!




Join us on Sunday, May 18th 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.

NEW THIS YEAR- we are thrilled to announce this year's race will take place at the Memorial Hall course! Click HERE for a map of the course.

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled morning featuring face painting and other treats for kids. Children ages 5-10 will love running in the FREE Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash, a 200-yard non-competitive race. All participants will receive a Race give-a-way prize. A parent or guardian must be present.

To register, CLICK HERE!
Also, check out our highlight video of last year's race!
2014 Child Advocates Bar Run Teaser Video
Join us at the 2014 Child Advocates Bar Run!
cFrank Cervone Wins
Third Annual Mark Hardin Award

We are so excited to announce that the recipient of the Third Annual Mark Hardin Award for Child Welfare Legal Scholarship and Systems Change is our fearless leader, Frank Cervone!
The award was created by the ABA Center on Children and the Law in 2011 and honors the work of Mark Hardin. Before his retirement, Mark served for almost 30 years on the staff of the ABA Center on Children and the Law as director of child welfare. Mark has long been recognized by those who work in this area of law as an early innovator in the child welfare legal field. The recipient of the award is someone who embodies this dedication to children and is a recognized leader in the child welfare field.

Frank is receiving the award at the ABA Court Improvement Meeting today in New Orleans, LA.

Congratulations Frank, on this well-deserved award!
dWhy YOU Should Volunteer Today!


Written by Carrie B. Rosen (Cozen O'Connor). Carrie is a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney, a member of the Volunteer Committee, and a 2013 Distinguished Advocate.


Imagine you are 6 years old.  It's the middle of the winter and you are cold and hungry.  The heat has been turned off in your house and there is little food in the fridge.  You and your 10 year old sister do the best you can to find food for dinner.  Suddenly, several strange adults arrive and take you away from your home.  You have no idea what is happening.  All you know is that you have been taken from your home, separated from your sister and sent to a strange place - a foster home.  You are surrounded by strange adults and children.  You have no idea when you will see your mom or sister or when you can go home again.


Unfortunately, this situation is all too real for most of our clients.  Most suffer from neglect or abuse, either at the hands of their parents, siblings or other caretakers in their lives.  Many are removed from their homes and put into the foster care system - some for weeks, some for months and some for years.  There is little stability in their lives.  They may be bounced from foster home to foster home, school to school.   Many have unmet medical or behavioral needs.  As a volunteer child advocate, you can be a source of stability and guidance for these children.  You can advocate for these children to receive proper medical care, social services, behavioral health and an education.  You can make a difference in their lives. 


Help make a difference.  Help change the story.  Become a volunteer child advocate.  Attending the Support Center for Child Advocate's April 30 training session is the first step to becoming a volunteer child advocate attorney. 


What: How to Handle A Child Abuse Case

Register HERE

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 9am-4:30pm

Where: The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010

CLE: 6 credits

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gUpcoming Events! 
Our Appreciation


Thank you for reading our monthly newsletter. Stay connected on a regular basis through 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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