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  • "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." –Robert Brault

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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.

 

2017 Pro Bono Roll of Honor

In recognition of the importance of pro bono and the tremendous effort that attorneys expend in providing pro bono services in the courts of Philadelphia, the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania presents the 2017 Pro Bono Roll of Honor. Each and every Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney who provided pro bono representation between 10/1/16 and 9/23/17 were named in the FJD Roll of Honor. For a full list of those honored, pleases click HERE.

In addition, the judges of the First Judicial District selected individual attorneys for special distinction in each division of the courts. The First Judicial District recognized these outstanding pro bono efforts at a reception yesterday. Special congratulations to these Child Advocates Volunteer Attorneys who were selected for the 2017 Pro Bono Publico Awards:

Cynthia Certo, Ryan, Brown, Berger & Gibbons, P.C. – Municipal Court, Criminal

Matt Gutt, Exelon Business Service Co. – Court of Common Pleas – Family, Dependency

Doug Moak, Independence Blue Cross – Court of Common Pleas -Family, Adoption

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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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