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2.  Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award


3.  Meet Our Volunteer Attorney


4.  Vicarious Trauma Training Recap


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


Susan Rubinovitz, Secretary  


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 

Rand Siegel
First Niagara PrivateClient Services

David Silverman

Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud


Joe Tucker

Tucker Law Group


Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group


 chamber non profit


2015 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction 


Click HERE to purchase tickets and view sponsorship opportunities.


Watch a short video for highlights from our 2014 event!

Child Advocates 2014 Final Highlight Video
Child Advocates 2014 Annual Benefit Reception
& Auction Highlight Video

2014 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award

(FROM LEFT: Michael Ecker, Business Law Section Chair; Frank Cervone,
Support Center for Child Advocates; Mitchell Bach, Eckert Seamans; Leonard Bernstein, Reed Smith)

On January 13th, Child Advocates was on hand to help celebrate the work of Mitchell Bach as he received the 2014 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award from the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. We are grateful to accept Mitch's generous contribution of his honorarium to support our work. Congratulations, Mitch, on this well-deserved honor!
 volMeet Our Volunteer Attorney
Brett Wolfson 
Brett Wolfson, a partner at Rawle and Henderson, has been a volunteer attorney for Child Advocates for almost five years. After attending a training in 2009 Brett was eager to join our team and take a case representing a child in need.

Brett heard about our agency over the years from lawyers who volunteer with us, and knew this was work he also wanted to do.


"I felt it was my obligation to use my training skills to help people less fortunate and unable to help themselves. If we are to improve society, the most important place to start is with youth, and try to offer them better resources and opportunities."


Brett feels his role as a volunteer at Child Advocates has been professionally challenging and personally fulfilling, and, he has found that working with our staff is rewarding and inspiring.


"It must not go without saying that I have worked with some wonderful people employed by Child Advocates, without whom it would not be possible for me to comprehend the system we have, the many resources available, and my role as a Child Advocate."


In his downtime, Brett enjoys running, softball, biking, racquetball and tennis. In fact, he has participated in the Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run benefiting Child Advocates for the last 14 years! He loves the culture, culinary choices and architecture of Philadelphia, and of course our Philly sports teams! Brett also loves to travel and enjoys live theater and music. Thank you for all you do, Brett!

eveUpcoming 2015 Events!


Wednesday, February 10th
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


Thank you for reading our monthly newsletter. Stay connected on a regular basis by checking out 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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