Support Center for Child Advocates Newsletter

2016 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction Recap

More than 800 people attended the Annual Benefit Reception & Auction on April 13th at the Crystal Tea Room. The record-breaking event raised more than $615,000 for our important work helping abused and neglected children! Thanks to all of our friends who supported the Annual Benefit Reception & Auction this year!

Click HERE to see photos from this wonderful evening!  
37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association
5K Run/Walk

It's almost time to lace up those running shoes and line up at the starting line! The 37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Join us, and help abused children find more stable lives. 

Each year this event attracts more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages, 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 also thrilled to announce that the Philadelphia Spinnersa professional ultimate frisbee team, will be on hand to show off their skills throughout the day! We encourage participants to join in on the fun!

DEADLINE REMINDERS! The Team Registration deadline is Friday, May 6th. Please contact Michael Berkowitz to sign up your team. Individual registration will be open until 11:59 pm on Friday, May 13th, but don't worry: you can still register at the site on Sunday morning, starting at 7:15 am.

Watch the video below for highlights from last year!
Thank You!

Staff members from Cummins Power Systems presented Child Advocates with a generous grant award at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction! With their support, Cummins Foundation makes it possible for us to acquire a learning management system to develop a robust distance learning program for the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, our training initiative that is now reaching more than 3,500 participants a year! We cannot thank Cummins Foundation enough for helping us extend our work to an even larger professional and lay audience, improving service for thousands of children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems!
Heartfelt thanks to Dorothy Rothman and everyone at Enterprise Holdings Foundation for their continued and most generous support of our work!
A giant thank you to The Pew Charitable Trusts for their three-year grant and leadership support of our Outcomes in Behavioral Health Project, through which we provide our children with additional help and oversight to improve mental health outcomes! We are also deeply grateful to the Genuardi Family Foundation for their grant toward the training program that is part of our Outcomes in Behavioral Health Project! The Professional and Family Training Series provides educational offerings throughout the suburban region to service providers and lay caregivers of children and youth within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In our current fiscal year we have trained 1,100 caregivers, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for their children and clients.
Our thanks go out to the Clayman Family Foundation and The Martin Foundation, both longtime, generous supporters of our Child Victim Assistance Project. As our oldest and largest initiative, the Project annually serves more than 800 young people who are in protective foster care and/or involved as victims in criminal proceedings. 
Center for Excellence in Advocacy

Upcoming Trainings:
Executive Director, Frank Cervone and Training Coordinator, Allie Dolan, LSW, will be presenting "Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse in Pennsylvania" at Phoenixville Hospital on Monday, May 23 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm). Register HERE.
*This training fulfills Act 31 requirement for all mandatory and permissive reporters.
Transition Planning for Dependent and Delinquent Youth with Disabilities 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 four sessions recordings are available by clicking on the links below:
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.
* Participants taking the courses for CEU credits must participate in at least two sessions before they can receive credit. 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.
The next session, "Transition Planning for Youth with Behavioral or Mental Health Needs" is scheduled for May 17, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:15 pm, EST. To register for this session click HERE.

Take A Stand
Our need for volunteers is ongoing. Our next "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" Volunteer Training is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th, from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (check-in starts at 8:30 am) at the CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building. To register please visit click HERE.

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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
The PFM Group 
Sherri Krensel
Scott Lempert
Janie Mershon
Kathy Ochroch
James Robinson
Jane Robinson
Catherine Rothenberger

James Steigerwald

Kelley Tate
Dr. Ilene Wasserman

Jennifer Welding
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A note from Executive Director Frank Cervone...
BOARD, STAFF and FRIENDS - Our own LINDSEY ALEXANDER has been named a "2016 Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer! Lindsey serves as Staff Attorney for the Project for Medically Needy Children at the Support Center for Child Advocates, and she is active in our emerging child trafficking representation.  Before joining us in 2012, Lindsey was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and a foster care/adoption social worker in Philadelphia. She's always been a star in our eyes - now the word is out! 
We also congratulate 2016 Lawyer on the Fast Track ANDY COHEN, a Volunteer Attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates and associate at BlankRome LLP. In his short but impressive career, Andy has already represented 4 client children from 3 families. Fast track indeed!!
Please click HERE for the full list of "Lawyers on the Fast Track!"

Frank Cervone

Who We Are
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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