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2. Center for Excellence in Advocacy Training Recap

3. Meet the Staff

4. 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

Jeffrey Bagley 


Deborah Baird

Eckert Seamans


Barbara Beckman

Ballard Spahr LLP 

Erica Rae Cline

 Morgan Lewis  


Deborah Cohen


Joe DeSimone


Kathleen Egan

Amy Fox

Dena Goldberg


M. Stroud Hellebusch  


Rosemarie Hoslyn  

GF Management 

 Sherri Krensel


Janie Mershon


Kathy Ochroch

Blank Rome


Jill Porter


Jane Robinson

UBS Financial Services

Jim Robinson

Gordon & Rees, LLP 


Catherine Rothenberger

Kolsby Gordon, Robin Shore and Bezar


Suzanne Root

Attorney at Law


Susan Rubinovitz  

Rand Siegel
First Niagra PrivateClient Services

David Silverman

Curley, Hessinger

& Johnsrud


Joe Tucker

Tucker Law Group


Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group





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9th Annual Child Advocates Classic

Mark your calendar and register today for the 9th Annual 
Child Advocates Classic on September 29th! Bring clients and colleagues and try your luck (and skill) at one of the top five golf courses in Pennsylvania, Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Need another reason to join us? We have added tennis to this year's event!
All proceeds from this event will support Child Advocates Project for Medically Needy ChildrenOur 2013 Golf Classic raised more than $100,000 for children like Michelle:

Michelle was born at St. Christopher's Hospital addicted to drugs and suffering from a number of serious health issues including hearing delays, a cleft palate and other facial abnormalities. To keep her growing at a normal rate, she received formula via tube feedings. After a year and a half, Michelle's surgeries were complete and she was finally able to eat and drink orally.


During her time in the hospital, Michelle's mother refused voluntary services for her drug addiction and the court appointed Child Advocates to Michelle's case. Michelle was assigned to our Project for Medically Needy Children where the staff attorney and social worker team applied valuable knowledge and experience to address her serious and chronic medical needs. Child Advocates immediately realized that Michelle's condition far exceeded her mother's capacity to care for her, and advocated for Michelle to live with her aunt and uncle upon her release from the hospital.


While Michelle's biological parents continued to have problems with drugs and incarcerations, her aunt and uncle demonstrated their love and prowess as caregivers, having adopted her older sister years prior.  The whole family even joined Michelle in learning sign language. With family love and support, along with weekly in-home therapies, Michelle has made surprising strides. Her doctors have deemed her a "miracle baby," with an improvement rate that has exceeded all expectations!

Child Advocates fought hard for Michelle, engaging in a challenging termination of parental rights and ensuring that she received all medical care and support services. We also moved for adoption by the new family. Because of strong advocacy, Michelle is not only safe, she is in great health and united with her best friend--her sister!

You can help other children with complex medical needs find a safe and supportive home. Register today by clicking 



Executive Director Frank Cervone leads a presentation on mandated reporting of child abuse and changes to the Child Protective Services Law during a training for staff of over 100 at Child and Family Focus on August 21st in Trappe, PA. 


Mark Your Calendars for the Following Upcoming Trainings!

"How To Handle A Child Abuse Case," Volunteer Training Workshop is on Wednesday, October 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Philadelphia. Register HERE.      


The Center for Excellence in Advocacy  has been selected to present their training "Vicarious Trauma and Attorney Burnout: Maintaining Effective Representation in the Midst of Client Crisis," at the Annual Public Interest Law Day. The event is scheduled for December 10th, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE Conference Center.  

Registration details will soon be available on      


Meet the Staff: Erin Coltrera


Erin Coltrera joined Child Advocates as a Social Worker in June after completing graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting at Washington and Lee University and initially intended to pursue a career in non-profit financial management. However, after working in a domestic violence shelter during her senior year Erin decided to change paths and work directly with children and adults in need of help.


As a Community Legal Services (CLS) Intern funded by the prestigious Samuel Fels Fund, she gained experience in family advocacy for parents. After completing that summer internship, Erin stayed with CLS as a Social Work Intern. She then went on to earn two degrees from Penn: a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Science in Social Policy.    


She was drawn to Child Advocates because it felt like the right mix of policy, advocacy and client-based work, and will fulfill her desire to help change the story for children.  Erin says the most rewarding part of her job is being able to create space for children's voices to be heard since they are the most vulnerable part of the dependency system. In addition to managing her social work caseload, she is engaged in a research project on the issue of child trafficking sex and labor.


In her free time, Erin enjoys attending Phillies games, renovating her new home in South Philadelphia and walking her dog, Robie.  Erin also revealed she was a volunteer firefighter in college.    


evenUpcoming Events! 

Monday, September 29th9th Annual Child Advocates Classic
Wednesday, December 10th - "Vicarious Trauma and Attorney Burnout" training
Saturday, December 20th - Toy Drive Delivery Day
Wednesday, April 15th - Annual Benefit Reception & Auction 

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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