Support Center for Child Advocates Newsletter

White House Foster Care & Technology Hackathon

(Frank Cervone with  ACF Commissioner Rafael Lopez)

By: Frank Cervone

The White House Foster Care & Technology Hackathon engaged the challenge of using computer technology and the Internet to solve complex legal and social service problems facing children, families and professionals in the child welfare system. Hosted by the Administration on Children and Families (ACF), the child welfare arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the gathering convened more than 150 lawyers, techies, and former foster youth at the White House for two intense days of brainstorming, software design and information sharing. The sessions were held at The White House and Reagan Federal Office Building on May 26-27, 2016 and led by ACF Commissioner Rafael Lopez, White House Policy Advisor Molly Dillon, and HHS Chief Technology Officer Susannah Fox. 

Read Frank's full article and view pictures from the White House Foster Care & Technology Hackathon by clicking HERE
Year End Giving
We are nearing the close of our fiscal year on June 30, 2016 and ask that you will help us in our final push to meet our budget goals. Please consider making a gift - for the first time this year or in addition to what you've already generously given - so we can close the books "in the black."
We continue to provide high-quality representation for our most vulnerable children, those who have suffered the traumas associated with abuse and neglect. Won't you help us now so that we can ensure their safety and work to find them a permanent and nurturing home? Together, we can change the story.
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Center for Excellence in Advocacy

Earlier this month Executive Director Frank Cervone, Center for Excellence in Advocacy Project Manager, Meghan Johnson, and Blank Rome Partner Larry Beaser addressed an audience of more than 500 medical professionals from across Pennsylvania on the recent changes to the Child Protective Services Law and the legal and ethical duties of mandated reporters at the 108th Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association Annual Clinical Assembly, at the Valley Forge Event Center in King of Prussia, PA. 
Upcoming Trainings!

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.*
To learn more about the series please click HERE.

The next session, "Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: Planning for Adulthood" is scheduled for July 7, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:15 pm, EST.  To register for this session click HERE.
If you missed the first five sessions recordings are available:
(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.

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 click HERE.

37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association
5K Run/Walk

Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who joined us for the 37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Please click HERE for a full recap of the 37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, including race results and pictures!
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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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Save The Date!
The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) presents the 39th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference in Philadelphia, PA!

Founded in 1977, the National Association of Counsel for Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit child advocacy and professional membership organization dedicated to enhancing the well being of America's children and families. In today's world, millions of children are the subjects of judicial proceedings each year. They are involved in the court system as victims of abuse and neglect, as juvenile offenders, as subjects of custody, visitation and adoption proceedings, and as participants in civil damages litigation. The NACC works to improve the lives of children and families by ensuring that these proceedings produce justice.

Child Advocates Executive Director Frank Cervone, Managing Attorney Margie Gualtieri, Social Workers Alexandra Dolan and Laurie Ayler and Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney Murray Levin will all be presenting at the conference!

The 3-Day Conference runs from August 12-14th. To register and view the complete brochure with schedule, please click below.

Thank You!

All of us at Child Advocates are grateful to the following foundations for supporting us in our forthcoming fiscal year! Can't thank them enough!!
The Breaking the Cycle Foundation has awarded us a generous one-year grant to support the work of staff attorney, Marti Little, who leads our Teen Program. Through the Program, we provide additional oversight and specialized services to our older clients, including representation and guidance in planning and decision-making, emphasizing the development of self-advocacy skills in order to provide a foundation for transition to independence via readiness and preparedness for continuing education.
The Fridolin Charitable Trust and Janssen Biotech have awarded us generous grants toward our Project for Medically Needy Children, which addresses the special needs of children and youth with serious medical conditions related to abuse and neglect. Through the Project, our lawyer-social worker teams ensure client health and safety and secure necessary medical treatment, special education, rehabilitative services and permanent nurturing homes, whenever possible.
Lincoln Financial Foundation continues their partnership with us through their generous grant toward our Child Protection Program, which offers legal and social services to abused children and youth who are in protective foster care and/or involved as victims in criminal proceedings.
And last, but most assuredly not least is United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, with their generous one-year extension to all grantees due to the agency's involvement in strategic planning. We are delighted to be among those who receive funding for basic needs and child abuse assistance. Thank you, United Way and all of faithful supporters! 

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