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2.  Foundation Thank You!


3.   Meet Our New Board Members


4.   Center for Excellence In Advocacy Recap


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



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Join us on Monday, September 28th for the 10th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic at the Philadelphia Cricket Club! Grab your clubs and prepare for a fun-filled day of golf at one of the oldest country clubs in the United States. Choose one of their premiere 18-hole courses - Wissahickon or Militia Hill, both ranked as top golf courses! Register HERE!

If you don't golf, but still want to support our event, join as a sponsor. To view all sponsorship options, please click HERE.

View highlights from last year's event below,
and don't miss your chance to hit the greens this year!
Highlights from the 9th Annual Golf Classic!
Watch Our Video!
All proceeds benefit our Project for Medically Needy Children

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


Our heartfelt thanks go out to The November Fund for their generous multi-year support and to Janssen Biotech for their support of our Project for Medically Needy Children. Led by staff attorney Lindsey Alexander, the Project for Medically Needy Children ensures that those of our young clients with serious medical conditions that have been caused by or resulted in abuse and neglect receive the specialized services that they require to remain safe and to recover from trauma. We are deeply grateful to all who help us "change the story" for our kids! 


Meet Our New Board Members!


Please join us in welcoming the new 2015 Child Advocate Board Members! We look forward to having them bring their wealth of knowledge and new ideas to the board. Welcome!


-Stephen Chawaga is a litigation attorney at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP.  He is a Child Advocates volunteer attorney and a member of the Development and Communication Committee with extensive experience in fundraising and strategic planning. Steve is a great addition to the Board. 


-Paul Finigan is the Owner and Managing Director of  Continuum Rehabilitation, LLC, which provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services. A longtime supporter of Child Advocates, Paul brings his senior executive experience in strategy, operations and financial aspects of service organizations to the Board. 


-Dr. Heather Green is a psychologist in private practice where she offers therapeutic services as well as specialized forensic evaluations. She joined our board to continue sharing her dedication and passion for work involving children. 


 -James Robinson is a Partner at  Gordon & Rees, LLP and a longstanding Child Advocates volunteer attorney. He joins the Board with an abundance of legal experience and is ready to help change the story. 


 -Catherine (Kit) Rothenberger is an attorney at Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore and Bezar representing plaintiffs in medical negligence cases. Kit's background in nursing provides unique insights to the Board and will serve as a resource for our medically fragile clientele. 


-Derek Squire is Senior Deputy General Counsel for the Comcast Corporation and a Child Advocates volunteer attorney. Now a Board member, he has a goal of developing new business and operational skills to further aid the mission of Child Advocates

-Kelley Tate serves as the President of Cummins Power Systems, LLC. He has extensive financial knowledge and experience with Six Sigma operations. 


-Jennifer Welding is Senior Corporate Counsel at Ellucian, specializing in employment law. Jennifer was a member of the Child Advocates HR committee before joining the Board and brings her expertise with employment and human resource-related matters. 

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We would like to give a special "thank you" to Blank Rome LLP for hosting our summer 'How to Handle a Child Abuse Case' Volunteer Training workshop on Wednesday, July 29th. Over 35 participants were in attendance to learn more about the work we do and how they can become a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney. We look forward to working with our new volunteers as we continue to change the story for vulnerable children throughout Philadelphia.  Thank you again to Blank Rome LLP for making this training possible!

Other training news:

On Saturday, July 25th, four staff members including Executive Director Frank Cervone, Laurie Ayler, Allie Dolan, and Meghan Johnson traveled to Washington, DC to present at the American Bar Association's 16th National Conference on Children and the Law. They presented on vicarious trauma and burnout, and how professionals can engage in self-care practices to maintain professional competency. This was the first of several national and local conferences; we will be sending a team to Dallas, TX later this month to present at the 41st Annual National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) Conference and to State College, PA in October to present at the National Association of Social Workers, PA Chapter Conference.


Upcoming Trainings:

"How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Volunteer Training

Wednesday, October 28th 8:30 - 4:30pm

CLE Conference Center
(Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010, Philadelphia, PA 19107)

You can register HERE.


Dependency Law Update, September 17th - registration information coming soon!

msMeet the Staff!




We are thrilled to welcome Briana Ventimiglia to our impressive team of Social Workers. With her background in various fields of social work and her dedication to her clients' best interests, we look forward to all the great work she will contribute as a strong advocate for children.


Before joining Child Advocates, Briana earned her MSW at Eastern Michigan University and became a child welfare worker in Ohio. She worked closely with families to achieve permanent goals of reunification and safety and spent time on the investigative side as an welfare worker. She was responsible for determining whether or not a family required further services. 


Briana then took a position at to the Office of Disabilities in Delaware County where she spent time working with adults with disabilities. There Briana was able to monitor their services and provide additional resources for her clients so they could lead an everyday life.


Inspired by the memories of working tirelessly as a child welfare worker to reunite two young boys with their mother, Briana jumped at the chance to work at Child Advocates. Her goal coming to work here is to  "go to bat" for the children and serve as a positive influence and mentor for her clients.


When not helping us change the story, Briana likes to spend her free time exploring Philadelphia with her husband, reading, taking her dog to the park, and hiking.


Thank you for all your hard work, we are so excited to have you with us! 

Our Appreciation


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