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2.  Frank Speaks Out


3.  Meet the Volunteer Attorney

4.  Center For Excellence And Advocacy


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:  

10/16/14  DA's Office Investigating Center City Sex Trafficking Involving Minors


10/15/14 Law Catching Up On Punishment Vs. Child Abuse


10/11/14 Frank Cervone on ME TV


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



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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Toy Drive 2014!

Our annual Toy Drive is right around the corner! Our site (location TBD) will open on #GivingTuesday (December 2, 2014), and we will be accepting toys and gifts until Wednesday, December 17th. Below are the different ways that you can get involved! 


1. Coordinate a toy drive among your family, friends or colleagues. We will send labels for everyone in your group. Each label contains the name, gender and age of an individual child. Your donor shops for one or more kids, affixes the label to the new toys, and you collect the gifts for us. We will arrange a time for you to drop off the gifts at our Toy Drive headquarters. Just let us know how many children you would like!

2. Volunteer at the Toy Drive headquarters to help sort toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day. We need volunteers to help sort from 12/2-12/19, 9am-5pm (location TBD).

3. Sponsor a family or teen. Make a bigger impact by providing clothing, household items, furniture and other basic needs, along with toys for our more needy families and youth.

4. Help deliver toys to children's homes on 12/20 Delivery Day. Cars begin to line up at 8:00 am at 1900 Cherry Street in Philadelphia. Drivers must register in advance.


Click HERE or contact us at or at 267-546-9216 to learn more about all the ways to help.

fpcFrank Speaks Out Against Child Abuse, Corporal Punishment And Child Trafficking

Over the last month, Frank has been busy writing important op-eds and appearing on television to speak out on corporal punishment in light of the recent Adrian Peters case, and to comment on the impact of child sex trafficking. In case you missed any of these informative pieces, make sure click on the links below.
Frank with ME TV
Frank with ME TV - October 11, 2014

mtaMeet the Volunteer Attorney: Karen Pohlmann


Karen Pohlmann always had an interest in pro bono work and helping children, so when, as a new attorney at Morgan Lewis, she learned about Child Advocates through her firm, she jumped at the chance to become a Volunteer Child Advocate Attorney, serving abused and neglected children. 

At Morgan Lewis, Karen focuses on securities and shareholder litigation and corporate governance issues, including defense of shareholder class actions brought under the federal securities law and derivative suits.  


Twenty-three years later, Karen has helped serve the interests of over 17 children and 6 families with Child Advocates. The memories that come with some of those cases still stand out like they happened yesterday. Recalling a particularly touching memory from an adoption hearing, Karen said, "I remember one child who made his adoptive mother wear an outfit that matched his own to show off that they were a family. After the adoption hearing he said, 'Are you my mom now, and they can never take me away? And I'm going to be your son now and forever and ever!' Times like that make the work meaningful."


Karen's advice to lawyers thinking about volunteering with Child Advocates is simple: "Being a good advocate and being persistent can make a huge difference in a child's life. With you to speak for them, the children's odds of ending up somewhere safe and good for them just improved enormously. Nothing else gives you the same reward."


Karen is married with two children. The family also has two mixed-breed dogs that bring them much joy. Karen enjoys yoga, reading and traveling with her family, especially to the beach.  In 2006, she was honored as a Distinguished Advocate by Child Advocates and by the Pennsylvania Bar Association for her pro bono work with children. She has been a member of the Child Advocates Volunteer Committee since 2008. 

Thank you, Karen, for all your hard work!




On Wednesday, October 22, Child Advocates' Center for Excellence in Advocacy hosted our full-day training "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Attendees gained valuable insight and skills from hearing Child Advocates staff and community partners present on critical information, tools, and resources needed to effectively serve children and families involved in the court system.Volunteers are crucial to our mission, and these newly trained Volunteer Child Advocate Attorneys will allow us to change the story for victims of abuse and neglect throughout Philadelphia.


Mark your calendars! The next training is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015..

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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