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2.  Toy Drive Recap

Frank Cervone Appointed To Tom Wolf's Transition Team


4.  ABR Save-the-Date


5.  Meet Our Volunteer Attorney


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:  

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

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 Niagara PrivateClient Services

David Silverman

Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud


Joe Tucker

Tucker Law Group


Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group


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9 days and counting...
Please help us change the story 
for our child clients by making a
your 2014 tax-deductible donation
by December 31st.

Every gift counts!

Toy Drive Video
Toy Drive 2014 Video
On Saturday, December 20th, over 80 drivers loaded up their cars to deliver toys to 1,400 children and youth at more than 550 locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. This year's Toy Drive was the biggest ever! The day would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our incredible volunteers, staff and sponsors.  

 See more pictures from the day HERE.

Frank Cervone Appointed To
Tom Wolf's Transition Team

Frank P. Cervone, Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, has been appointed to the Health Committee of Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf's Transition Team.  Mr. Cervone said, "I am pleased and honored to assist the new Governor and his Administration in the important work of ensuring the delivery of quality health care to children and families." Review teams will work in key areas of state government service to better understand the issues and challenges that face the executive branch.  
abrAnnual Benefit Reception & Auction!

Wednesday, April 22nd
More details coming soon!
 voluntMeet Our Volunteer Attorney

Carrie Rosen has been involved with Child Advocates for over 13 years, first as a volunteer attorney and as a member of the Volunteer Committee since 2009.  When Carrie was a second-year associate at Cozen O'Connor, she wanted to look for a way to provide pro bono legal services to children and was attracted to Child Advocates and our mission of advocating for abused and neglected youth in the foster care system.  

Through the Child Advocates training program and courtroom observation sessions, Carrie learned how to become an effective volunteer. She has since worked with seven clients in four families. While all of her clients have been young children who may not fully comprehend her advocacy work, they understand that she's helped them on their path towards stability and permanency.  Carrie says, "It is incredibly rewarding to know that through my efforts, my clients finally receive the therapy, educational services or even school busing that was desperately needed."

For Carrie, one particular case stands out. "I had just returned from maternity leave and was assigned a new Child Advocates 
case.  My client turned out to be only a few weeks older than my infant son.  Over the years, I struggled with many of the decisions that we recommended on behalf of my client, especially as they related to termination of parental rights. Ultimately, my client was adopted by a loving family (and they occasionally still send me pictures!)."


Carrie's advice for anyone who may consider becoming a volunteer Child Advocates lawyer..."Go for it!  Your life will be enriched in more ways than you know." Carrie was most recently honored as a 2013 Child Advocates Distinguished Advocate. Thank you for all your hard work for our children, Carrie!

eventsUpcoming 2015 Events!


Tuesday, January 20th - "Vicarious Trauma and Burnout" 
Wednesday, February 10th - "How To Handle A Child Abuse Case" 
Wednesday, April 22nd"How To Handle A Child Abuse Case"
Wednesday, April 22nd - "Annual Benefit Reception & Auction"

Sunday, May 17th - Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

Monday, September 28thChild Advocates Golf Classic
Our Appreciation


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-The Child Advocates Team


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