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2.  Stoneleigh Foundation's Fellowship Presentation


3.  9th Annual Child Advocates Classic



5.  Center for Excellence & Advocacy Mini-Summits


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:  

6/30/14 Advocacy for Foster Youth to Achieve Educational Success


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



Joe DeSimone


Kathleen Egan


Amy Fox


Dena Goldberg


M. Stroud Hellebusch  


Rosemarie Hoslyn


 Sherri Krensel



Janie Mershon


Kathy Ochroch

Blank Rome


Jill Porter


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


Today is the last day to change the story for our fiscal year '14. Go online to make a donation to Child Advocates.  Your contribution will allow us to continue to help advocate for hundreds of children in the Philadelphia area and continue to grow our services! THANK YOU!
Stoneleigh Foundation's
Emerging Leader Fellowship Presentation
From left: Dr. Chris Kenty, Stoneleigh Emerging Leadership Fellow Megan Stephens and Stoneleigh Program Officer Brittany Anuszkiewicz
For the past year, we have benefited from the hard work and expertise of Megan Stephens. Coming to us as a Stoneleigh Emerging Leadership Fellow, Meghan helped to analyze and improve our Case Management and Client Outcomes Measurement Database. Child Advocates has developed and implemented a sophisticated database to track and evaluate case practice to elevate the field of child representation.
On June 16th, Megan delivered her final project presentation to the Stoneleigh Foundation. She reported on all the improvements to our database that she has helped design. 
Megan was instrumental in improving our practice. She was able to assess needs, sharpen the functionality and user-friendliness of the database, and to analyze data. Her recent staff survey showed that the staff is now much more positive about the database and its usefulness for practice. 
Megan Stephens is finishing her Master's Degree in Data Analytics and Cybersecurity at Temple University's Fox School of Business and will join the staff at QVC.
Thank you for all your hard work, Megan!
9th Annual Child Advocates Classic

Register today to play GOLF or TENNIS, or sign on as a sponsor for the 9th Annual Child Advocates Classic Monday, September 29th.  Click HERE for more information and join us for this incredible event!

Meet the Staff: Xia Chen 


Xia Chen, Staff Accountant, has worked for Child Advocates for more than 8 years.  She received her bachelor's degree at Shanghai Normal University in American Literature and Education.  In 1998, Xia moved with her husband from Shanghai, China to Philadelphia.  Because of her aptitude for working with numbers, she pursued her MS in Accounting at Drexel University.    


It was the mission of Child Advocates that drew Xia to us.  As a mother, she understands the need for child advocacy in the community.  After reading an article on child abuse and the Support Center for Child Advocates, Xia knew this would be a good fit. In her role as Staff Accountant, Xia handles the daily financial operations for the agency. By providing data and preparing financial statements for the management team and advising the Finance Committee and Board of Directors, she is able to do her part "in the background" to help improve children's lives. Her favorite part of her job is contributing to the mission through numbers.  


A devoted mother of two, Xia enjoys reading Time magazine, going to concerts, improving her piano skills and having potluck meals with friends.  Her favorite quote, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," enables her to overcome the challenges she faces and to keep her sense of humor in all situations.     


Thanks for all you do, Xia!


CEACenter for Excellence in Advocacy Mini-Summits

From left: Frank Cervone, Meghan Johnson, Clay Cauley, Esq (Juvenile Dependency Court Master, Chester County), Barry Kassel and Margie Gualtieri

Child Advocates hosted 2 full days of training in Chester County (June 5th) and Montgomery County (June 24th) as part of county-wide mini-summits that each included full-day training opportunities. The morning session, "Vicarious Trauma and Burnout: The Ethics of Self-Care When Managing Clients in Crisis," provided an overview of the interrelated dynamics of vicarious trauma, job stress and burn-out, focusing on self-care strategies as an integral part of professional ethics. The afternoon session, "Dependency Law Update 2014: A Review of Significant Appellate Decisions and Legislation," covered the latest Court decisions regarding dependency law and provided an overview of the amendments to the Child Protective Services Law.
From left: Craig Bluestein, Esq (Montgomery County Public Defender's Office), Margie Gualtieri, Frank Cervone, Barry Kassel and Mary Pugh (Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project) 

eveUpcoming Events! 

Monday, September 29th9th Annual Child Advocates Classic
Our Appreciation


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-The Child Advocates Team


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