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 900 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 deadline to have your ad included in the Tribute book
is March 11th, so purchase yours today!
Click HERE for more information.

Did you know that there are already over 95 silent auction
items available for preview? Start browsing today!
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. Race with us and 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 address the needs of Philadelphia's children and to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates. People of all ages will enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, including the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, Face Painting, Balloon Animals and more!

We are excited to announce that trainers from Platoon Fitness will be on hand before the race to help you stretch out and get ready to run!

Register today by clicking HERE.
Center for Excellence in Advocacy

Child Advocates Training Coordinator Allie Dolan and CEA Manager Meghan Johnson presented "Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse in Pennsylvania" to 70 volunteers at Grace Baptist Church in Germantown. Allie is pictured above speaking at the training this past Saturday.

Upcoming 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 two sessions, recordings are available:
"Transition Planning for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities (ID)," recording is available HERE

"Effectively Using SSI for Youth in Care and Upon Transition," recording is available HERE.*
Click HERE to learn more about the series.
The next session, "Transition Planning for Youth with Autism" is scheduled for March 8, 2016 at 12:30 - 1:30 pm, EST. REGISTER TODAY!

*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.

*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.

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 9:00am - 4:30pm (check-in starts at 8:30am) at the CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building. To register please visit click HERE.

Mayor Kenney Signs First Bill into Law

We are honored to be the beneficiary of Mayor Kenney's first law! Our contract with the City allows us to provide high quality services to more than 1,000 child clients this year. We will leverage the City's support to raise another $2 million in charitable dollars and more than $5 million in pro bono services from our amazing volunteer lawyers! Together, we can change the story.

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA - Today, Mayor Kenney signed his first bill into law. The Bill, No. 160009, will authorize a contract with the Support Center for Child Advocates to provide legal representation for kids in Department of Human Services (DHS) cases.

"It is important for children who have been abused and neglected to have someone fighting and advocating on their behalf," said Acting DHS Commissioner Jessica Shapiro. "The Support Center for Child Advocates provides high quality representation to our most vulnerable population."

Councilman Bill Greenlee introduced the measure on behalf of the Administration. "The Support Center for Child Advocates has a long history of doing great things for the youth of our City. I am pleased their association with the City is continuing," he said. Council Committee on Children and Youth Chair Helen Gym, who also played a key role in guiding the measure through Council, said, "Child Advocates is a vital resource in helping children who have faced abuse or neglect to return to well-being and obtain justice. We are fortunate to be able to rely on their expertise and professionalism."

The Support Center for Child Advocates is the nation's oldest and largest program dedicated exclusively to providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children. They team volunteer attorneys with staff social workers and lawyers to advocate for children in crisis in Philadelphia.
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Board of Directors 

Mark Gittelman, President
Deborah Baird, Vice President 
Susan Rubinovitz, Secretary  
Joe DeSimone, Treasurer

Board Members
Jeffrey Bagley 
Barbara Beckman

Erica Rae Cline
Deborah Cohen 
Kathleen Egan

Paul Finigan

Amy Fox

Dena Goldberg

Dr. Heather Green

M. Stroud Hellebusch  
Rosemarie Hoslyn
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Sherri Krensel

Janie Mershon
Kathy Ochroch
James Robinson
Jane Robinson
Catherine Rothenberger

James Steigerwald

Kelley Tate
Dr. Ilene Wasserman

Jennifer Welding
Thank You!

Our thanks go out to The Fridolin Charitable Trust for their generous support of our Project for Medically Needy Children, which serves children and youth with chronic and serious medical conditions that have been caused by or have resulted in caregiver abuse and neglect. Through the Project, our volunteer attorneys and social workers ensure client safety and work to secure necessary medical treatment, special education, rehabilitative services, and permanent nurturing homes, whenever possible. We are grateful to The Fridolin Charitable Trust for their longtime support of this vital initiative!
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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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2016 Executive Management Awards

We are so proud to announce that Moira Mulroney, Director of Development and Communications, will be honored as a recipient of the 2016 Executive Management Awards on March 8th, presented by Philadelphia SmartCEO

"Any great CEO knows that to build a truly successful business they must build a high-performing team of executives around them. This year's EMA winners are perfect examples of all-star executives. Not only do they inspire their own teams to achieve greater heights, they also believe deeply in their companies' missions, are consummate community stewards, and are dedicated to excellence, always," says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO Events. 

Congratulations, Moira, on this well deserved award!