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#GivingTuesday/Toy Drive Launch Party

This #GivingTuesday our goal is to raise $10,000 and we can’t do it without your help. Here’s how you can get involved!

*Make a #GivingTuesday donation HERE.
*Pledge to donate a % of your company’s profits made on #GivingTuesday
*Challenge others by offering to match donations
*Come to our #GivingTuesday/Toy Drive Kick-Off event (details below)

With your support, we can change the story and brighten the holidays for children in need. For more information, please email Moira Mulroney.

39th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5k Run/Walk

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!

Click HERE for Legal Sponsor Information
Click HERE for Corporate Sponsor Information

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

2017 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 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) to help 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.


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

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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