We are honored to be the beneficiary of Mayor Kenney’s first law! Our contract with the City allows us to provide high quality services to more than 1,000 child clients this year. We will leverage the City’s support to raise another $2 million in charitable dollars and more than $5 million in pro bono services from our amazing volunteer lawyers! Together, we can change the story.
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
MAYOR’S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS For Immediate Release: February 26, 2016 Contact: Lauren Hitt, 443-370-3205, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Kenney Signs First Bill into Law
PHILADELPHIA – Today, Mayor Kenney signed his first bill into law. The Bill, No. 160009, will authorize a contract with the Support Center for Child Advocates to provide legal representation for kids in Department of Human Services (DHS) cases.
“It is important for children who have been abused and neglected to have someone fighting and advocating on their behalf,” said Acting DHS Commissioner Jessica Shapiro. “The Support Center for Child Advocates provides high quality representation to our most vulnerable population.”
Councilman Bill Greenlee introduced the measure on behalf of the Administration. “The Support Center for Child Advocates has a long history of doing great things for the youth of our City. I am pleased their association with the City is continuing,” he said. Council Committee on Children and Youth Chair Helen Gym, who also played a key role in guiding the measure through Council, said, “Child Advocates is a vital resource in helping children who have faced abuse or neglect to return to well-being and obtain justice. We are fortunate to be able to rely on their expertise and professionalism.”
The Support Center for Child Advocates is the nation’s oldest and largest program dedicated exclusively to providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children. They team volunteer attorneys with staff social workers and lawyers to advocate for children in crisis in Philadelphia.
Thousands of children in Philadelphia are living lives ravaged by abuse, violence and neglect. Last year, Support Center for Child Advocates’ teams of volunteer lawyers and staff social workers served more than 925 children by providing legal representation and social services advocacy. Each year, we are called upon to represent even more at-risk children who need our help. This is why Child Advocates is coming to you now.
You don’t have to be an expert in child welfare law to help a child. What you do need is a desire to add meaning to your life, to grow in your profession, to leave a permanent imprint on society.
As a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney, you can change the story.
THE FIRST STEP IS SO SIMPLE.
Attendour Volunteer Training Workshop.
“How to Handle a Child Abuse Case”
Thursday, April 7, 2016 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
CLE Conference Center
(Wanamaker Bldg., 10th FL, Ste. 1010 Philadelphia PA 19107)
Continuing Legal Education Credit: 6.5 (4.5 Substantive, 2.0 Ethics)
April 30, 2015
By KYW social media editor Melony Roy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Baltimore mom caught on camera smacking her son when she found him participating in rioting — originally hailed as “Mom of the Year” — is now facing some backlash on social media for beating her child in such a public manner.
Did you know that Americans spend nearly $2 billion on holiday cards each year? Wouldn’t you like your annual greeting to friends and colleagues be meaningful for them while making the difference in the life of a child?
This year, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) is offering a new way to show your colleagues and associates that you care, about them and about the work of Child Advocates.
Through the Child Advocates Charity Card Campaign we are offering to personalize holiday greeting cards for you or your company. You make a charitable donation to Child Advocates and we will provide a quantity of holiday cards printed with your name or business, announcing that a gift has been made. Click HERE to learn more about donation levels and to order your cards today!
As part of its 170th anniversary, The Legal for the first time awarded some of Pennsylvania’s most influential attorneys with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Each honoree was asked to provide a brief quote or anecdote about what the law has meant to them. These are their responses, paired with a few sentences from The Legal’s staff about each winner’s career accomplishments.
For more information on the other honorees, please visit HERE.
Congrats to Alex Dutton, our Social Work intern, on this incredible article focusing on his creative and innovative approach to helping youth. Alex is in the process of completing a dual Social Work & Law degree at Temple University. Read the article by clicking HERE!