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2.  Center for Excellence In Advocacy


3.  Thank You


4.  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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Rain or shine, we will swing for change. We've asked Pope Francis to put in a good word for beautiful weather for Monday, September 28th!
The 10th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic at the prestigious Philadelphia Cricket Club is just weeks away! 

The Pope didn't let a little rain stop him yesterday. He gladly helped out, registering foursomes and sponsors online

NEW THIS YEAR -  Golf Classic Sponsorships now include an ad in the program book! Register your foursome, or take advantage of one of the naming opportunities by Wednesday, September 16th to be included in this year's book!
Other exciting benefits include:
  • Tee sign on the course
  • Company logo in The Legal Intelligencer Half Page ads
  • Two additional invitations to the cocktail party
  • Foursome photo for each golfer
All proceeds benefit our Project for Medically Needy Children

Click HERE for sponsorship opportunities
Questions? Contact Cate Galbally, 267-546-9216
 Center for Excellence in Advocacy
(From left: Meghan Johnson and Laurie Ayler)

In August, staff from Child Advocates presented at two national conferences. On August 16th, Laurie Ayler and Meghan Johnson presented at the 41st Annual National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) conference in Dallas, Texas on the topic of vicarious trauma and the need for professional self-care and supportive organizational practices. 

On August 25th, Executive Director Frank Cervone was a highlighted speaker  in the opening plenary session titled "100 Years/100 Tips: Great Moments Giving Rise to Great Tips" at the  National Association of Counsel for Children's (NACC) 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference in Monterey, California. 

In September, staff member Allie Dolan will participate in a teleconference sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section of Children's Rights Litigation Committee. The topic is "Addressing Compassion Fatigue:  An Ethical Mandate" and will be held on September 30th with a group of lawyers, social workers, and therapists versed on the topic. 

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy continues to have a busy schedule training a variety of child welfare, educational, health care and human services agencies throughout the five county region, with fall trainings scheduled at Silver Springs Martin Luther School, Central MH/MR, Chester County Youth Center, Wordsworth CUA, and Delaware County CASA.
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 2015: A Review of Significant Appellate Decisions for Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys"
Thursday, September 17th 8:30 - 10:30am (morning session)
*The morning session is geared toward Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys. If space limitations arise, priority will be given to Child Advocates' Volunteer Attorneys.
Duane Morris LLP 30 South 17th St. Philadelphia, PA
You can register HERE.

"Dependency Law Update 2015: A Review of Significant Appellate Decisions"
September 17th 3:00 - 5:00pm (afternoon session)
Family Court of Philadelphia- 15th Floor Conference Room
1501 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA
You can register HERE.
ABA Section of Children's Rights Litigation Teleconference
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
To register for this free program: Click Here!
Thank You!

A special "thank you" to The Charter Foundation and to Thomson Reuters for generously funding our recent grant proposals in support of our work! We couldn't do it without your help in "changing the story" for our kids!

Meghan has always been interested in the intersection of public health and criminal justice. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Public Service at the University of Notre Dame and her master's degree in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining Child Advocates in 2013, Meghan was the Program Coordinator for the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention team at the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she was responsible for training physicians on how to recognize and report suspected child abuse.
At Child Advocates, Meghan was immediately drawn to its perfect mix of direct service work and systemic advocacy. Her favorite aspect is the incredibly supportive environment and the chance to work with such a passionate and dedicated group.
When Meghan is not busy developing new ways to better advocate for children and helping those who serve them, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and baking delicious gluten-free treats. In addition, because promoting the practice of self-care is a huge part of the trainings, we asked Meghan how she takes care of herself. Meghan likes to stay fit both mentally and physically by participating in Zumba classes!
Thank you Meghan, for all that you do!
Our Appreciation


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