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Table of Contents


2.  Legal Intelligencer Article


3.  Meet Our Volunteer Attorney


4.  Bar Run 5K Run/Walk


5.  Thank You For Your Support

6.  Center for Excellence In Advocacy


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:  

3/23/15 Improving Representation and Outcomes for Children



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

Stephen Chawaga 

Erica Rae Cline

Morgan Lewis


Deborah Cohen 


Joe DeSimone

Kathleen Egan

Amy Fox

Dena Goldberg

Dr. Heather Green

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 

David Silverman

James Steigerwald


Joe Tucker, Jr.

Tucker Law Group


Dr. Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group


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2015 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction 

We are just a few weeks away from our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction, where we will celebrate many who are committed to changing the story for our children. Kenneth C. Frazier, President and CEO of Merck, and our Distinguished Advocates will be honored on Wednesday, April 22nd and we hope you will join us to say thanks!


Entertaining the crowd for the night is our celebrity MC, Kathy O'Connell, host of WXPN's Kid's CornerCome out for our exciting auction, bid on amazing auction items while you mingle with friends and learn about the amazing work we do.


Our auction is growing and new items have been added online for your viewing pleasure. To preview auction items before the event - and make your plans to bid - visit our auction website online HERE.  The auction goes live at 5:00 PM on April 22nd.


Can't be with us in person but want to be part of the action? Don't worry - you can bid from afar! If you cannot attend the event, but want to bid in the auction, register online HERE and bid remotely from a desktop computer or your cellphone! It's super easy! Don't miss out!


Remember, there's still time to donate items, become a sponsor and buy tickets by clicking HERE. If you haven't joined us in the past, or just want to see all the fun from last year, please view our slideshow by clicking HERE or on the picture below. Hope to see you on April 22nd!


Improving Representation and Outcomes for Children
By Frank Cervone

Take a few minutes to read Executive Director Frank Cervone's article, published in the Legal Intelligencer on March 23, 2015. 

To read the article, please click HERE.
Meet Kathy Ochroch
Volunteer Attorney and Chair of the
Annual Benefit Reception & Auction 


Kathy Ochroch became involved with Child Advocates even before attending law school. After graduating from Dickinson College, she worked as a paralegal at Drinker Biddle & Reath. Staff was encouraged to do pro bono work, so Kathy signed up to attend a volunteer training session taught by Child Advocates. She believed in the mission of our work so much that she proceeded to organize a city-wide program to recruit and train paralegals to work on cases with Child Advocates

A graduate of the George Washington School of Law, Kathy is now a Partner at Blank Rome. She concentrates her practice in trusts and estates litigation, handling will and trust disputes as well as matters involving powers of attorney.  She represents corporate fiduciaries in a variety of matters in the Orphans' Courts of Pennsylvania, focusing particularly on issues involving guardianships and special needs trusts. She is also the firm's Director of Pro Bono Services, where she organizes and facilitates the Pro Bono Program for all attorneys at Blank Rome.


Kathy took her first case as a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney in 1999, and has maintained at least one open case with us ever since. Believing that these clients are some of the most important of her career, Kathy still keeps in touch with her former clients and is thrilled when she learns of their successes. She recalls an exciting moment when a former client contacted her to share that he was applying to graduate school for nursing. Although his case ended years ago, he continues to come to her for school and career advice. She has been delighted to watch him grow and flourish into the strong and successful young man that he has become.


Asked if she has any advice for lawyers thinking about volunteering with Child Advocates, Kathy said, "Do not be intimidated about doing this work because you will work side-by-side with an expert in child advocacy during your cases. The model of pairing volunteer attorneys with a Child Advocates Social Worker means that the support you receive from Child Advocates is truly unparalleled; you never feel that you are alone."


Kathy joined the Board of Directors in 2010 and serves as Chair of the Research and Evaluation Committee, a member of the Volunteer Committee, a leader of her firm's Child Advocacy Practice Group and is now Chair of the 2015 Annual Benefit Reception and Auction. "I am so honored to serve as Chair of this year's Annual Benefit Reception & Auction.  This is an event that I look forward to all year long, not only because it supports such important, meaningful work, but also because it is so much fun!  There is a palpable energy that is truly exciting."


As the Annual Benefit Reception & Auction Chair, Kathy has found that one only has to explain the agency mission and people are almost always moved and inspired to sign on as a sponsor and to donate auction items. Last year, Kathy won her favorite auction item thus far - the opportunity to meet Terry Gross and to sit in on a taping of her NPR radio show, "Fresh Air." Excited to see what items and opportunities will be for auction this year, she encourages everyone to attend the event: "The honorees are very inspiring, the crowd is terrific and the auction items are amazing!"


Register Now for the 36th Annual
Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

Click HERE to register for the 5K Run/Walk and/or the NEW 1-Mile Run. Register for one race, or both! 

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled morning featuring face painting and other treats for kids. Children ages 5-10 will love running in the FREE Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash, a 200-yard non-competitive Dash. All participants will receive a Race give-a-way. Child-friendly activities offered all morning. Registration is required for each child. A parent or guardian must be present.

Last year we moved to our new venue, Memorial Hall, and it was a huge success! Be sure to check out our highlight video below. We can't wait to see you there again this year!

2014 Bar Run Highlight Video
2014 Bar Run Highlight Video

Thank You for Supporting Our Work!

We don't get to do this nearly enough, but it's definitely a celebration when an organization that supports our work presents their contribution in person! Here, staff members have gathered to thank Enterprise Holdings Foundation for their latest grant award. We are grateful to the Foundation for their support and to Heather Nawoj (holding the award on the left) for championing our cause.

We would also like to acknowledge the Shirley and Morrison C. Boyd Fund at The Philadelphia Foundation for their generous general operations grant. A shout out, too, to The Spruce Foundation and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation! The Spruce Foundation has lent their support to our LGBTQ Youth Project, through which we provide specialized services to abused and neglected LGBTQ youth and offer training program on delivering optimal care to these young people. The Lindback Foundation is supporting Project YES! (Youth Educational Success). Through Project YES!, our Education Law Attorney represents children who have intractable academic issues and provides expertise and guidance to other case handlers whose clients are also experiencing severe school problems-a common and serious setback for children in the system of care.


We send our deepest thanks to these wonderful friends and to all who support our general operations and special projects!



"How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Volunteer Training

Date: Wednesday, April 22nd
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Place: Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010


**On the evening of April 22nd, we will celebrate an Evening For Child Advocacy at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. Please join us after the CLE workshop in the Crystal Tea Room of the Wanamaker Building from 5:00 -8:00 pm. All CLE attendees can buy event tickets at a discounted rate of $75. Contact Cate Galbally to make payment arrangements at or (267) 546-9216.

For more information and to register for upcoming trainings, please click HERE.




Our Appreciation


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