Child Advocates Newsletter 

Table of Contents



2.  Take The First Step...


3.  Bar Run Awards


4.  Thank You Funders


5.  Meet The Staff

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:  

5/27/15 Phila. Bar 5K Event Brings Out Judges, Children and Lawyers


4/30/15 Baltimore Mom Caught On Video Disciplining Child Sparks Online Debate


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


Deborah Baird, Vice President 

Susan Rubinovitz, Secretary  


Joe DeSimone, Treasurer




Board Members

Jeffrey Bagley 


Barbara Beckman

Ballard Spahr

Stephen Chawaga

Erica Rae Cline

Morgan Lewis


Deborah Cohen 


Kathleen Egan

Paul Finigan

Continuum Rehabilitation


Amy Fox

Dena Goldberg

Dr. Heather Green

M. Stroud Hellebusch  


Rosemarie Hoslyn  


Sherri Krensel


Janie Mershon


Kathy Ochroch

Blank Rome


James Robinson

Gordon & Rees LLP


Jane Robinson

UBS Financial Services

Kit Rothenberger

Kolsby Gordon, Robin Shore and Bezar

Rand Siegel 

David Silverman

Derek Squire

James Steigerwald

Kelley Tate


Dr. Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group


Jennifer Welding



 chamber non profit


We're thrilled to announce that the 10th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic will be held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club! Sign up today to try your luck (and skills) at one of the top golf clubs in the country.

All proceeds benefit our Project for Medically Needy Children

Click HERE for sponsorship opportunities
Questions? Contact Cate Galbally, 267-546-9216

 Take The First Step...


In FY15 we represented a record 1029 children. We could not have done this without the dedicated support of our volunteer attorneys. With our growing caseload, the demand for Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys is greater than ever. Thanks to our friends at Blank Rome, we are able to offer special summer training for new volunteers. Take the first step to become a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney and sign up for our "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" training today!

 Already a Volunteer?
Help spread the word!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Hosted by Blank Rome LLP
One Logan Square, 18th & Cherry Streets

Continuing Legal Education Credit: 6.5
(4.5 Substantive, 2.0 Ethics) Cost: $75.00. Click HERE to register.

We need you now more than ever.
Don't Forget to Pick up Your 36th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk Award!

Last chance to claim your award! You can pick up your award at the Support Center for Child Advocates located at 1900 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:00 pm, Mon-Fri.  


All awards must be picked up by July 13, 2015.  


If you would like to have your award mailed to you, please send us a check payable to the Support Center for Child Advocates in the amount of $4.00, per award, to cover the cost of shipping and handling.


If you have any questions contact Cate Galbally  or call 267-546-9216.


To view race results click HERE.


Thank You!


Special thanks to the Innisfree Foundation for their recent and most generous support of the work of our Law Fellow, Pam Ende, and to 1675 Foundation for their renewed support of the Professional and Family Training Series (PFTS) that is part of our Outcomes in Behavioral Health Project. Led by Training Coordinator Alexandra Dolan, PFTS offered training programs to close to 2,200 service providers throughout the five-county area, helping them provide better care for children who have behavioral health needs, including those who are court-involved due to abuse and/or delinquency. 


Support from the following foundations in our past fiscal year helped us training work grow by leaps and bounds: 1675 Foundation, Delaware County Community Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, and the George W. Rentschler Foundation. 


We cannot thank these organizations enough!


Meet the Staff!




Chaneil joined Child Advocates a year ago as the Administrative Assistant to our Social Workers and Staff Attorneys. Before joining Child Advocates, Chaneil worked as a therapeutic staff support (TSS) worker helping children with behavioral health needs. She often made trips to our office to consult with our staff on her cases and admired our mission and knew that this was an agency where she could make an impact.


Chaneil plays an in integral role at Child Advocates, scheduling team meetings between social workers and volunteer attorneys, retrieving archived data for case handlers and acting as a liaison for volunteers and their cases. She also just completed a three-hour course to become a Notary Public! 


Due to her various roles here at Child Advocates, she has the unique opportunity of interacting with our entire staff. She loves coming into the office each day and being surrounded by co-workers who discuss social work policy and child welfare law.


On weekends, Chaneil loves to read and enjoy the outdoors. Whether it's going on long bike rides, camping or going to the beach with friends, Chaneil loves being outside, traveling and simply exploring all that Philadelphia has to offer.


Thank you Chaneil, for all that you do!

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.