Save-the-date for the 39th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk! Join us on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and race to help abused children find more stable lives.
The Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk 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. 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!
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For many of the kids we serve, the holidays are difficult. Some children may be separated from their parents, others from their siblings. At least 90% come from families living below the federal poverty level. All have experienced significant trauma that taints the warm holiday season.
We invite you to make the holidays brighter for these boys and girls.
Join our Holiday Toy Drive! We offer many ways to participate. Please read each volunteer opportunity carefully, as some changes have been made this year.
Coordinate a Child Advocates Toy Drive at work, among friends and family, at your child’s school, or at your church, synagogue or mosque. We will send you the names and ages of children – you tell us how many – on adhesive labels that can be distributed to your donors. We suggest a minimum of 10 children. When you’re done, deliver the toys to us or for larger loads, we can arrange to pick them up.
Buy gifts for our children (Birth to 21).We especially need gifts for teenagers. Gift cards are an easy way to give to this age group and our teens love them! Ideas: American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Five Below, Foot Locker, Old Navy, Target,Urban Outfitters, movie theaters, restaurants, etc. Click HERE for gift ideas for all ages.
Amazon Wish List – Click HERE for a curated list of gifts that we know our clients will love!
Volunteer at our Toy Drive headquarters (TBD) tohelp sort and bag toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day.
Help deliver toys on December 16th – Delivery Day. To protect the safety and well-being of the children we serve, we require all Toy Drive Drivers to complete a background check. If you have completed a background check in the past year, please send a copy of your clearance to Cate Galbally or fax to 267-546-9201, attention Toy Drive Clearance. Child Advocates volunteer attorneys and 2014 – 2016 Toy Drive Drivers do not have to undergo another background check but will need to contact Cate Galbally to register.If you need to complete a background check, please click HERE to begin the process.
Sponsor a needy family or teen on a larger scale. Many of our clients’ families are impoverished with large sibling groups or special needs children, and may require more than toys.
Sorters, Donors and Toy Drive Coordinators, click HERE to fill out our volunteer interest form.
**Things to remember: The deadline to deliver toys to our Toy Drive headquarters is Thursday, December 14th, 2017. Please do not wrap gifts, give candy, or weapon-themed toys.
On April 9, 2014, Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) celebrated 37 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. This one-of-a-kind cocktail reception, silent and live auction has become one of Philadelphia’s premier philanthropic events attended by over 1,000 legal, corporate and individual supporters.
Join us on Sunday, May 18, 2014 for the 35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk! This event attracts more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages each year, and 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.
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35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation 5K Run/Walk!
January 8, 2013, Philadelphia, PA — On April 10, 2013, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) will celebrate 36 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization serving abused and neglected children at their Annual Benefit Reception & Auction held at the famed Crystal Tea Room (Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia).
The event will consist of a cocktail reception, silent and live auction and an inspiring Awards Ceremony honoring Mark Solomon with the 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his dedication to providing high quality education for children in the foster care system and his unwavering support of youth at risk. From his deep involvement with the Gesu School, Girard College, Arise Academy Charter School, ESF Dream Camp Foundation and Save A Mind Foundation in the Philadelphia region to Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, Mark has ensured that thousands of children throughout the world have a chance to get ahead.
Several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the safety of Pennsylvania children cleared the Pennsylvania House of Representatives earlier this month and await action in the state Senate.
But one of the bills moving to the upper house has drawn ire from child advocates, who say it fails to adequately take into account the recommendations of a task force aimed at abuse prevention and would make matters “worse.”
The legislation stems from the recommendations of the state Task Force on Child Protection and includes measures such as HB 404, which would make it a felony to violently intimidate or retaliate against a witness or victim of child abuse, HB 316, aimed at funding child advocacy centers, and HB 19, which would provide education to school children on child exploitation.
Pennsylvania is nationally recognized as a leader in early childhood care and education, yet we lack a statewide child abuse prevention strategy. Scores of infants and toddlers are dying or nearly dying from child abuse, but the issue has gone unaddressed by state policymakers.
Between 2008 and 2011, Pennsylvania recorded 147 children as having died from injuries substantiated as child abuse. An additional 177 sustained injuries certified by physicians as child abuse near-fatalities.
Pennsylvania is nationally recognized as a leader for its early childhood care and education agenda, yet we lack a statewide child abuse prevention strategy. Scores of infants and toddlers are dying or nearly dying from child abuse and the issue has gone unaddressed by state policy makers.
Between 2008 and 2011, Pennsylvania officially recorded that 147 children died from injuries substantiated as child abuse. An additional 177 children sustained injuries certified by physicians as a child abuse near-fatality.
Throughout his childhood, Terry Williams, now 46, suffered unspeakable physical and sexual abuse. In 1984, soon after turning 18, Williams killed Amos Norwood, a 56-year-old Philadelphia man who had been sexually abusing him for five years and had raped him the night before the murder.
Following Williams’ conviction, as it considered his sentence, the jury heard of another murder Williams had committed. The jury sentenced him to death. Yet neither the lawyers who represented Williams nor the jury knew that both men whom Williams killed had been abusing him. Terry Williams had not said a word. Now he faces execution in Pennsylvania on Oct. 3 and all of that history is being revisited.
An interview on Sonya Dore conducted by current Child Advocates Board Member and Pro Bono Counsel at Duane Morris LLP, A. Nicole Friant. Sonya Dore is the Sr. Director of Product Management at Comcast and a volunteer lawyer with Child Advocates.
How Sonya heard about Child Advocates… Sonya learned about Child Advocates through her Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) mentor, Douglas Gaston, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Comcast. Doug spoke highly of the mission and staff atChild Advocates. The mission resonated with Sonya, so she volunteered.
Why Sonya was interested in our mission… As a child of divorce, Sonya experienced the family court system at a young age. Family court was her first exposure to the law and to the realities of the world. The experience made an impression on her, and Sonya believes that “if [she] can help a child in a much worse situation than [she] was in and be a person who they can call when they have no one else, it makes her feel like she is making a difference.” She believes that there is “not much you can do with a law degree that is more powerful than helping children.”