Support Center for Child Advocates Newsletter

2016 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

On WednesdayApril 13, 2016, Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) will celebrate 39 years of outstanding pro bono legal and social service advocacy at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room. Over 1,000 legal, corporate and individual supporters will join us for a one-of-a-kind cocktail reception, silent and live auction. 

This year's event will honor philanthropists and community leaders, 
Penny and Robert Fox, with the 2016 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for their commitment to Philadelphia's youth and years of engagement with Child Advocates

The evening will also celebrate the extraordinary efforts of friends who devote countless hours to improving the lives of traumatized children. The 2016 Distinguished Advocates for Children are: Joseph A. Arnold, Gordon & Rees LLP; Marguerite C. Gualtieri, Support Center for Child Advocates; Beth Hanssens; Sarah Richards, Humble, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Katherine M. Katchen, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Angel R. KuchtaAmtrak; Christopher M. Mikson MD, Mayer Brown LLP; Jill Porter
and Mark W. Tanner, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP, who will receive the Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award.

Center for Excellence in Advocacy

Over 50 people attended the "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Volunteer Training Workshop on January 26th at Ballard Spahr.

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy started the new year with a packed schedule. Our team has trained a variety of child welfare, education, health care and human services agencies throughout the five county region, and have trainings scheduled at Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, Central MH/MR, Indian Creek Foundation, Delaware County CASA, and Widener University.
Webinar Series:
Child Advocates, in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center, is hosting an 8-part webinar series to address many of the common issues involved in transition planning for youth with disabilities.
All sessions are free and offer 1.0 CLE credits and 1.0 CEU credits.*
If you missed the first session, "Transition Planning for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities (ID)," a recording is available HERE
(Please note CLE and CEU credit is only available to those who participate in the live sessions. Credit is not available for those who view the recorded session). To learn more about the series please click HERE.
The next session, "Effectively Using SSI for Youth in Care and Upon Transition," is scheduled for February 4, 2016 at 12:30 - 1:30 pm, EST. To register for this session click HERE.

* This program is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. As a CSWE accredited program, The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College is a pre-approved provider of continuing education in Pennsylvania and many other states.
Executive Director, Frank Cervone, and Center for Excellence in Advocacy Project Manager, Meghan Johnson, worked extensively with Western Schools, a nationally accredited and widely recognized leader in continuing education for healthcare professionals, to develop an Act 31 approved curriculum for healthcare providers throughout Pennsylvania. The training manual, "Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting," was published in early 2016.  

Take A Stand
Our need for volunteers is ongoing. Our next "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Volunteer Training is scheduled for Thursday, April 7th, from 9:00a - 4:30p (check-in starts at 8:30) at the CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building. To register please visit click HERE.

Thank You!

There is so much to be thankful for -- especially for the support that we have recently received from the following generous foundations.We appreciate their faith in our work!
For General Operations: The CHG Charitable Trust, The Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund, First Hospital Foundation, The Hess Foundation, The Hurlburt Foundation
For our Child Victim Assistance Project: The Beneficial Foundation,  The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and The Philadelphia Bar Foundation
For the production of our 2014-2015 Bi-annual Report: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
For our LGBTQ Youth Project: Samuel S. Fels Fund
For Project Youth Educational Success! (Project YES!) - Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
For our Outcomes in Behavioral Health Professional and Family Training Series: The George W. Rentschler Foudation

37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association
5K Run/Walk

Join us for the 37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Come out and race to help abused children find more stable lives.

This event attracts more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages each year, and it is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in the City of Philadelphia! The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event, organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association to spotlight its concern for the children of Philadelphia and to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Register today by clicking HERE.
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Deborah Baird, Vice President 
Susan Rubinovitz, Secretary  
Joe DeSimone, Treasurer

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Barbara Beckman

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Deborah Cohen 
Kathleen Egan

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The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal and social services advocacy 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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