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2. Meet the Volunteer

3. CEA Trainings

4. Toy Drive


5. 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:  

9/16/14  Adrian Peterson Case Brings Corporal Punishment of Kids Front and Center


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  


 Sherri Krensel


Janie Mershon


Kathy Ochroch

Blank Rome


Jill Porter


Jane Robinson

UBS Financial Services

Jim Robinson

Gordon & Rees, LLP 


Kit 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

Thank you to everyone who came out to golf and play tennis and helped Child Advocates raise over $100,000 for our Project for Medically Needy Children.  The day was a HUGE success and everyone enjoyed themselves on the courts and on the greens. 

Click HERE to view pictures from the event and see the winners of the Golf Classic and Tennis Round Robin Tournament. Lastly, a very special thank you to our amazing sponsors: we could not have done this without you!
Meet the Volunteer Attorney: Frank Crowley

Frank Crowley has already changed the lives of 16 children during the 12 years that he has donated his time as a lawyer for Child Advocates.  Frank is a partner at Blank Rome and specializes in complex litigation matters in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He assists clients in litigation related to various aspects of real estate transactions. Frank is a co-leader of his firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice Group and is also the leader of his firm's Child Advocacy Practice Group.

Frank was introduced to our work through his firm, which has a long and established relationship with Child Advocates and knew it would be a good fit. He had previously dedicated time to a program that focused on juvenile justice and representing juveniles with special needs or who had special circumstances and wanted to continue to work to make a difference in the lives of children. 


Frank knew the work we did was imperative to the safety and well-being of children throughout Philadelphia. According to Frank, "children are the most vulnerable members of our society. Without someone to speak for them and assist them in determining their best interests, they can become lost in the system."  


In 2009 he was honored at the Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception & Auction as a Distinguished Advocate for his work and dedication to children.

"Frank has a command of the issues in his cases and a way of making children in different situations feel comfortable," says Senior Staff Attorney Barry Kassel who has worked with him on various cases. Social Work Supervisor Naja Macon agrees, "Frank is a compassionate and committed volunteer who is a zealous advocate for our clients. He is excellent inside and outside of the courtroom."


Frank was inspired to practice law because he believes lawyers have the ability to positively influence society and bring about real change.


When asked about his advice to someone thinking of volunteering with Child Advocates Frank enthusiastically responded "Do it! By far, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my 30 year career!"


Frank is married with three children, who support his work with us. His daughter Teresa even interned with Child Advocates! In his spare time Frank is an avid soccer fan and coach of 20 years. He also loves reading a variety of book genres.


We need you now more than ever!

Our caseload and the demand for Volunteer Child Advocate Attorneys are greater than ever. Take the first step to become a Volunteer Attorney and sign up for our Volunteer Training today!


Already a volunteer?

Help spread the word!


Mark Your Calendars!

"How To Handle A Child Abuse Case," Volunteer Training Workshop is on Wednesday, October 22nd from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Philadelphia. Register HERE.      


Save The Date - Toy Drive 2014!
Toy Delivery Day - December 20, 2014
Click HERE to see how you can be involved in this incredible event that brings joy to over 1,000 children in the Philadelphia area during the holidays. 

evenUpcoming Events! 

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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