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2.  IKEA Challenge


3.  Meet Our Volunteer Attorney


4.  Bar Run 5K Run/Walk


5.  Center for Excellence and Advocacy in Training

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


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 or on the image above to purchase tickets,
See the NEWLY listed auction items (updated weekly),
 and view sponsorship opportunities.
Help Us Win The IKEA Challenge!

There are just FIVE days left to vote and help Child Advocates win the IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge! We are thrilled to be one of 3 charities selected by IKEA Conshohocken co-workers and, with your help, we can win! VOTE EVERY DAY ONLINE!

1. Click HERE or on the image above to begin the voting process.
2. Enter your email address.
3. Scroll to, and select, Conshohoken, PA.
5. Vote every day through Monday.

If we get the most votes online, IKEA Conshohocken will provide us with a "storehouse" of furniture, household goods, backpacks, toys and other items that we can give to our children and families when needed throughout the year. This First Prize is worth approximately $10,000!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Life Improvement Challenge and 
CLICK HERE or on the image above to VOTE!
Thank you to everyone who has already voted!
Meet Our Volunteer Attorney
Stephanie Gantman Kaplan 

From a young age, Stephanie Gantman Kaplan understood the need to advocate for children. Inspired by her mother's work as a family lawyer and child advocate, Stephanie attended law school. A graduate of George Washington School of Law, Stephanie is an associate at Blank Rome LLP where she focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, including discrimination, harassment, and protection of company trade secrets.

Hearing about our meaningful work from colleagues who are Child Advocate volunteer attorneys, she took her first case in 2010. Stephanie has had extremely positive experiences over the years working with a total of six child clients. She recalls a particularly touching memory when she was able to achieve justice in a criminal case with a young female client. She had determined that the young girl was able to testify against her abuser, and worked with the Assistant District Attorney to be sure she was well prepared. Stephanie felt especially proud when her child client was described by the judge as "brave."

When asked about her advice to someone thinking about volunteering with Child Advocates, Stephanie says, "Children truly need our help. Give your time and energy to this worthy cause." She urges attorneys who are interested in protecting, mentoring, and connecting with children in need to volunteer at Child Advocates.

Stephanie is married and lives in Narberth. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, biking, and going to the Jersey Shore.

Register Now For The 36th Annual
Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

New this year! 1-Mile Run starting at 8:00a! 

Click HERE to register for the 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Run - you can do both! On the website you can also become a sponsor and view the race results from last year.

Check out pictures HERE from last year's run. 




Title: Vicarious Trauma and Burnout: Supportive Self-Care Strategies When Working with Clients in Crisis Training 

Date: Thursday, March 26th
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Place: Friends Center at 1501 Cherry Street (Rufus Jones Room)

The training presented by The Center for Excellence in Advocacy will focus on trauma and vicarious trauma within the context of organizational dynamics and systemic issues. Presenters will encourage participants to understand self-care as an integral part of professional ethics and competency.


Attendees can receive 2.0 CLE and 2.0 CEU credits (*CEU is offered by Support Center for Child Advocates in conjunction with Bryn Mawr College, School of Social Work and Social Research). 


Space is limited for this training. To register please click HERE. For questions contact Meghan Johnson, Program Manager  at  


evUpcoming 2015 Events!


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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