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12th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic

REGISTER TODAY for the 12th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Philadelphia Cricket ClubTry your luck (and skill) at one of the top golf courses in the country! Bring clients, colleagues, and friends for a day on the greens that will truly make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. Together, we can change the story!

All proceeds from the event will 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.

Monday, September 25, 2017 Golf Classic Schedule:

  • 10:00 am Golf Arrival and Registration
  • 11:00 am Golfer Luncheon
  • 12:00 pm Shotgun Start/Shamble Format
  • 5:00 to 7:00 pm Cocktail Party

Location: Philadelphia Cricket Club, 6025 West Valley Green Road, Flourtown, PA 19031

Click HERE for sponsorship opportunities and to register OR click HERE to download the registration form. 

* If you are a Young Friends member, please contact Cate for discounted pricing.

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

Thank You Sponsors!!!

Gold
Recovery Centers of America

Silver
Reliable

Corporate
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Dilworth Paxson
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig
Fox Rothschild
LexisNexis
Swartz Campbell

On the Course
McCarter & English
William McNichol
Permit Capital Advisors

Media
The Legal Intelligencer

View pictures from last year!

2016 Holiday Toy Drive


Holiday Toy Drive Information:

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 we’ll 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. (now closed) 

Volunteer at our Toy Drive headquarters (One Logan Square, 12th Floor) to help sort and bag toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day.

Help deliver toys on December 17th – Delivery Day. To protect the safety and well-being of the children we serve, we are requiring 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 Allison Goetz or fax to 267-546-9201, attention Toy Drive Clearance. Child Advocates volunteer attorneys and 2015 Toy Drive Drivers do not have to undergo another background check but will need to contact Allison Goetz to register. To complete a background check please click HERE.

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 Wednesday, December 14th, 2016. Please do not wrap gifts, give candy, or weapon-themed toys.

If you have any questions, please contact agoetz@sccalaw.org or 267-546-9216.

38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5k Run/Walk

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 nearly 1,300 runners and walkers joined us for the 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and raced to help abused children find more stable lives.

Race Results:

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!

Questions? Contact Cate Galbally at 267-546-9216 or cgalbally@SCCALaw.org.

THANK YOU SPONSORS!!!

Presenting Sponsors
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Caesar Rivise PC
Firstrust Bank
Friends of Stephen J. Anderer

Legal Sponsors
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Anapol Weiss
Clark Hill PLC
Cozen O’Connor
Dechert LLP
DLA Piper
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP
Fox Rothschild, LLP
Momjian Anderer LLC
Offit Kurman
Pepper Hamilton
Philadelphia Bar Association
Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden PC
Stevens & Lee/Griffin

Corporate Sponsors
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Philadelphia Runner
Reliable
Robson Forensic
USA Track & Field Inc
USI Affinity
Veritext Legal Solutions

Legal Supporter
Lundy Law LLP

Corporate Supporter
Exponent
Glanzmann Subaru
Wawa

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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