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Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

Join us on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, as Support Center for Child Advocates proudly celebrates 41 years as a leading pro bono legal and social services agency at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. We are honored to recognize two well-known philanthropists and community leaders, Ann and Mark Baiada with the 2018 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for their commitment to the needs of young people and their efforts to provide support and opportunities to disadvantaged children.

The evening will also allow us to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our friends who devote countless hours to improving the lives of vulnerable children. The 2018 Distinguished Advocates are: Candace Centeno, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law; Joseph DeSimone, Marcum; Dr. Ken Ginsburg, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia & Covenant House PA; Robyn Goldenberg, Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli; Elizabeth Hecht & Teri Papale Munro, GlaxoSmithKline; Dennis Lynch, GSF Management Co. LLC; Janie Mershon, Law Office of Janie Mershon; Judy McIntire Springer; Fox Rothschild LLP, Phyllis Stevens, Together as Adoptive Parents; Mark Gittelman, PNC Bank, who will receive the Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award; and Shakiyah Thorton who will receive the Andi Broad Distinguished Client Award.

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm (4:30 pm, Distinguished Advocates Presentation)
Location: Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA  19107

Click HERE to view sponsorship opportunities and purchase ticket.

Thank You Sponsors!!

Hero
Dunleavy & Associates

Protector
Ballard Spahr
Merck

Believer
Blank Rome

Guardian
Comcast Corporation
Console Mattiacci Law
The Honickman Foundation
KeyBank
The Legal Intelligencer
McCarter & English
Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden
Reliable
Joy Tartar & George Hall
White and Williams

Community Sponsor
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Advocate
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Dena & Morey Goldberg
Gordon & Rees
Sarah & Dan Keating
Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy
Raynes McCarty
Rose Glen Advisors
Tactix Real Estate Advisors
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Supporter
Berner Klaw & Watson
Beveridge & Diamond
Cohen, Seglias, Pallas, Greenhall & Furman
Conley Fleming
The Dispute Resolution Institute
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig
Health Partners Foundation
IBEW Local Union 98
Independence Blue Cross
Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt
Marcum
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Martin Law
Dolores Miller
Parx Casino
Post & Schell
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld
The TASA Group

Check out our pictures from the 2017 event!

 

 

SUPPORT CENTER FOR CHILD ADVOCATES ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD SLATE

July 31, 2017 Philadelphia, PA – Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) announces the addition of ten new Board Members: Dorothy M. Arimond, Brandywine Group; Matthew Duncan, Fine, Kaplan and Black; Elizabeth Jobes, Spark Therapeutics; John F. McCabe IV, Glenmede, Benjamin Pierce, Vanguard Charitable (ret.); Diana Rabeh, ReedSmith; Carrie B. Rosen, Aramark; Katie Adams Schaeffer, Barnes Foundation; Megan Spitz, Blank Rome; and Marianne Styles, PNC Bank. They will join the other 20 members of the Board of Directors as passionate and ambitious advocates of the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children.

Members of Child Advocate’s Board of Directors are charged with bringing their unique experiences and professional skills to enhance the agency’s mission and provide diligent fiscal and programmatic oversight to promote the agency’s work in the community.

“This is a large cohort of new Board members and we are looking forward to their fresh perspective and a new energy,” said Frank Cervone, Executive Director. “Every member of the Child Advocates Board of Directors plays a crucial role in the oversight of our agency and these new members add a rich diversity of background, talent, and experience to our Board.”

Read more HERE.

 

12th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic

On Monday, September 25th, Child Advocates hosted our annual Golf Classic at the beautiful Philadelphia Cricket Club, where golfers enjoyed playing on two spectacular courses. We were grateful to spend the day with so many of our friends and supporters.

All proceeds from the event support Child Advocates Project for Medically Needy Children, a critical program that teams staff social workers with specially trained volunteer lawyers to secure necessary medical treatment, special education, rehabilitation services and permanent nurturing homes for our young clients with serious and/or chronic medical needs.

Click HERE to see the 2017 player results. 

For more information contact
Cate Galbally
cgalbally@sccalaw.org
267-546-9216

Thank You Sponsors!!!

Gold
Recovery Centers of America

Silver
Console Mattiacci Law
Reliable
West Pharmaceutical Services

Corporate
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
AmeriHealth Caritas
Continuum Rehabilitation
Dilworth Paxson
Duane Morris
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig
Fine, Kaplan & Black 
Firstrust Bank
Fox Rothschild
Key Bank
LexisNexis
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox
Marcum
MillCrest Law
Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers
Swartz Campbell

On the Course
Archer
Jeffrey Bagley
Falcon Capital Partners
Mark Gittelman
McCarter & English
William McNichol
Messa & Associates
Dolores M. Miller
Permit Capital Advisors
Subha & Jim Robinson
Rose & Rand Siegel

Media
The Legal Intelligencer

View pictures from last year!

Young Friends Launch Party!

You’re invited…

Young Friends of Child Advocates Launch Party!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar
200 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia

It’s FREE!

Raffle prizes! Drink specials! Taco Tuesday! Appetizer specials!

Bring a friend!!

Register:

Online: CLICK HERE.

This year, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) celebrates its 40th anniversary of providing quality, free legal representation and social services for abused and neglected children throughout the Philadelphia region. As we reflect on our past, we honor our founders and recognize the need for renewed passion and ongoing cultivation of relationships and finding new ways to connect and engage with the broader community.

We are currently seeking people of all professional backgrounds, 40 years and younger, who will bring their passion and creativity and join us in finding new ways to sustain and further our mission. Our Young Friends will:

  • Serve as ambassadors for Child Advocates
  • Help us connect with new resources and communities
  • Volunteer at Child Advocates special events
  • Receive discounts to select Child Advocates events
  • Bring new ideas for philanthropy and volunteerism
  • Enjoy networking and career development opportunities

Questions? Contact: Allison Goetz or 267-940-1606

#GIVINGTUESDAY MEDIA ALERT

#GivingTuesday Photo Op

Welcome New Board Members!

Support Center for Child Advocates Announces New Board Slate
July 29, 2016 Philadelphia, PA – Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) announces the addition of three new Board Members: David Dzara, Sarah Keating, and Jeffrey Sotland. They will join the other 27 members of the Board as passionate and ambitious advocates of the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children.

Members of Child Advocate’s Board of Directors are charged with bringing their unique experiences and perspectives to enhance the agency’s mission and provide diligent fiscal and programmatic oversight to promote the agency’s work in the community.

“We are delighted to welcome these illustrious new members and young lawyers to our Board of Directors,” said Frank P. Cervone, Executive Director. “Every Board Member plays a crucial role in the oversight of our agency and our efforts as we move to the future. I am confident that these new members add a rich diversity of background, talent, and experience to our Board.”

New Board Members:

David Dzara is an experienced business litigator and trial attorney with Steve Harvey Law, LLC. A graduate of Temple Law School, David previously served as a law clerk for the Superior Court in Delaware and for the Honorable Ronald D. Castille of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. David worked at Pepper Hamilton LLP for seven years where he was co-chair of the firm’s Child Advocacy Practice Group before joining his current firm. David has been a Volunteer Attorney with Child Advocates for the past nine years and also serves as a Director for the Jordan Estate Homeowner’s Board.
Sarah Keating is an environmental lawyer and the CEO of Keating Environmental Management, Inc., a female-owned consulting firm that has been in business for 25 years. A graduate of George Washington University National Law Center, Sarah worked for Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius and then for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more than 15 years. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Sarah is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, is the founder of Women Empowering Women, and is a member of the Society of Women Environment Professionals.
 
Jeffrey Sotland is a Partner with Mintzer Sarowitz, Zeris Ledva, and Meyers LLP where he oversees the firm’s national subrogation practice. A graduate of Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Jeffrey has over two decades of experience in civil litigation focusing on property damage and loss cases. He is the past Commissioner of the City of Brotherly Love Softball League, served as co-chair of the William Way LGBT Community Center, and is the current president of Out Philadelphia Athletic League.

About The Support Center for Child Advocates
The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 8,000 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $5.1 million annually

We Have Moved In More Ways Than One!

In 2001, we purchased our building at 1900 Cherry Street. Many will recall this ambitious endeavor, supported by so many Capital Campaign donors, to create permanency for the agency: a place we could call our own, where we could grow and be seen. At the time, our 23-person staff included 6 lawyers and 9 social workers, and with the help of 300 volunteer attorneys, we were able to provide legal and social services to 700 abused and neglected children.
How times have changed! Our Child Advocates staff now includes 8 attorneys, 17 social workers and an administrative staff of 13 – plus interns! In each of the last two years we represented over 1,000 child clients, and more come almost every day. More than 320 volunteer attorneys were teamed with staff to cover 2,500 court hearings. Last year, more than 4,600 lay and professional caregivers of children attended training programs produced by our Center for Excellence in Advocacy. To continue providing the level of legal and social services that the community expects from us, it is time to find a larger home.
On Monday, we continue our journey of service. Our important work will now be carried out in a new office location – 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1200 – Philadelphians know it as The Suburban Station Building at One Penn Center. This larger space will allow our services and staff to grow even more as we continue to provide top-tier pro bono services to children and youth in Philadelphia, and training programs everywhere. We also have a new website address: SCCAlaw.org.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our work, our staff and most importantly, our child clients. We look forward to seeing you at our new home!

What’s the right amount of time for a birth mother to change her mind about putting her baby up for adoption?

The adoption process in Pennsylvania is being scrutinized for potential updates, but one bill that could halve the time birth mothers have to decide against adoption has been particularly controversial.

By Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt | PublicSource | July 7, 2016

When Priscilla Sharp gave birth to her daughter, she was startled when the baby was put in her arms.

Moments after the nurse handed her the child by accident, a nun came by to carry the baby girl away.

“I had no choice. I had no home, I had no job, I had no money.”

Sharp, now a 71-year-old blogger living in State College, had chosen to put her baby up for adoption in 1964 and was not permitted to see the child. Sharp said she’s held on to the pain of that moment for 50 years.

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Former City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith joins Support Center for Child Advocates Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Contact: Moira Mulroney

Director of Development & Communications

mmulroney@sccalaw.org or 267-546-9208

FORMER CITY SOLICITOR SHELLEY R. SMITH JOINS SUPPORT CENTER FOR CHILD ADVOCATES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

July 1, 2016 Philadelphia, PA – Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) announces the addition of Shelley R. Smith to its Board of Directors. Ms. Smith joins the other members of the Board as a passionate and ambitious advocate of the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children.

Members of Child Advocate’s Board of Directors are charged with bringing their unique experiences and perspectives to enhance the agency’s mission and provide diligent fiscal and programmatic oversight to promote the agency’s work in the community.

“We are delighted to welcome Shelley to our Board of Directors,” said Frank Cervone, Executive Director. “Every Board Member plays a crucial role in the oversight of our agency and our efforts as we move to the future. I am confident that she will add to the rich diversity of background, talent, and experience of our Board.”

Ms. Smith is a Partner in the Philadelphia office of Archer Law where she counsels clients in commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. Ms. Smith joined the firm following a distinguished career in public service for the City of Philadelphia, most recently as the longest serving City Solicitor, representing the Mayor, City Council, all City elected officials, all City employees, Agencies, Boards, and Commissions.

Ms. Smith began her career with the City Law Department as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Unit representing the City in constitutional tort cases alleging, primarily, of violations of the 1st and 4th amendments to the United States Constitution. As a trial attorney, she also served as in-house legal counsel for former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Neal. Following her position in the Civil Rights Unit, Ms. Smith headed up the Law Department’s Affirmative Litigation Unit, which explored opportunities to pursue recovery on behalf of the City and initiated proceedings where appropriate and viable. She also led the City’s Labor & Employment Unit, which included labor grievances and employment discrimination cases initiated in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Prior to her role as City Solicitor, Ms. Smith served as Chair of the Law Department’s Corporate and Tax Group where she managed the transactional work of the full-service department, including real estate, tax and intellectual property matters.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law and Temple University, Ms. Smith has served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Advisory Commission for Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, and the Law and Public Safety Stakeholders Partnership of the Philadelphia School District. She is also on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Day Nursery, the oldest nursery program in Philadelphia serving predominantly African-American families.

About The Support Center for Child Advocates

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in the Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 8,000 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $5.1 million annually.

The Legal Intelligencer Professional Excellence Awards – June 21, 2016

logoAttorney of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Lawyer on the Fast Track Awards

Keynote Address of Frank P. Cervone, Executive Director, Support Center for Child Advocates

Thank you Hank.  We congratulate Legal Editor Hank Grezlak for his recent promotion, announced today in The Legal.  His reach has grown tremendously, clearly a sign that SOMEONE in American Lawyer Media likes him! As reported today, “Hank Grezlak’s role with ALM as Regional Editor-in-Chief for the Northeast—including The Legal Intelligencer—has been expanded to include oversight of all regional ALM brands including the New York Law Journal, The Recorder, Texas Lawyer, Daily Report and the Daily Business Review … and Sesame Street, The National Enquirer, Saturday Night Live and All Twitter feeds everywhere.”  Talk about Fast Track!!

Seriously, The Legal has been a tremendous partner of the public interest law community, and a friend of Child Advocates, promoting our events and helping us to invite others to the work.  More importantly The Legal Intelligencer remains a vital element of Pennsylvania’s Fourth Estate, speaking truth to power, pressing for and creating accountability in our legal institutions.  All of the journalists and leaders involved in ALM and The Legal Intelligencer – please let’s recognize these fine colleagues! 

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