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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 (One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th Street, 12th Floor) 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.

2014 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

2014 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

On April 9, 2014, Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) celebrated 37 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. This one-of-a-kind cocktail reception, silent and live auction has become one of Philadelphia’s premier philanthropic events attended by over 1,000 legal, corporate and individual supporters.

Thank you sponsors!!

Champion
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Progressive Business Publications

Protector
Ballard Spahr LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Andrea and Ken Frazier
Penn Consulting Group – CPA’s
Pepper Hamilton LLP
The E. Rhoda Shaten Charitable Foundation

Believer
Blank Rome LLP
Cozen O’Connor
Dunleavy & Associates

Guardian
AmeriHealth Caritas 
Rhonda and David Cohen
Console Law Offices, LLC
Leah and Edward Frankel
Fox Rothschild LLP
Gibbons, P.C.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
KPMG
McGuireWoods LLP
PECO
Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt, P.C.
Reliable
Rose Glen Advisors, LLC
Suzanne Root
Saul Ewing LLP
SolomonEdwardsGroup, LLC
The Legal Intelligencer
Tucker Law Group

Advocate
Aquipt, Inc
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
BDO
Andrea and Louis Broad
Comcast|NBC10
Dechert LLP
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Eureka Growth Capital
Amy A. Fox and Daniel H. Wheeler
Pam and Rod Gagne
Gordon & Rees LLP
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
The Honickman Foundation
Independence Blue Cross
Liberty Property Trust
Marcum LLP
Salli and Stephen Mickelberg
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Reed Smith
Alan Sandals and Alisa Field
Shechtman Marks Devor PC
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
White & Williams LLP

Supporter
Abelson Legal Search
AIG
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Anapol Schwartz Weiss & Cohan
Archer & Greiner PC
Bederson LLP
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Caddick Construction Co., Inc.
Caron Treatment Centers
Center City Film & Video
Conestoga Bank
Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud LLP
The Dispute Resolution Institute
Kathy and Patrick Egan
Ellis Investment Partners
Enterprise CarShare
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP
Anne and Jim Galbally
The Gebhard Wealth Management Group Of Janney Montgomery Scott
Mark Gittelman
Norma and Bernard Gittelman
Jane and Allan Greenspan
The Haverford Trust Company
Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, P.C. 
Annamarie and Stroud Hellebusch
The Jaffari Family
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates
Katherine Kelton and Troy Graham
LevLane
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Maxwell Strawbridge Charitable Trust
McCarter & English, LLP
Judith Meyer, Esq.
Dolores M. Miller
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP
Anne Morrissey and Rose Marie Greco
Kathy Ochroch and Peter Hilton-Kingdon
PNC Bank
Post & Schell, PC
Ricoh Americas Corporation
Jane and Bill Robinson
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Cassie Solomon & Benjamin Pierce
Paula and Mark Solomon
Steve Harvey Law LLC
Tactix Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Workplace Environments

Community Partner
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Contact
Cate Galbally
cgalbally@advokid.org
267-546-9216

 

2014 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

2014 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

Join us on Sunday, May 18, 2014 for the 35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk! This event attracts more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages each year, and 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.

 

CLICK  BELOW TO SEE RESULTS FROM THE 35TH ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION 5K RUN/WALK!

 

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35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation 5K Run/Walk!

 

 

Thank you sponsors!!

Presenting Sponsors
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow
Firstrust Bank

Legal Sponsor
Anapol Schwartz Weiss & Cohan
Baker Hostetler
Blank Rome LLP
Ciardi Ciardi & Astin
Clark Hill Thorpe Reed
Cozen O’Connor
DLA Piper
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fox Rothschild LLP
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Momjian Anderer LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Offit Kurman
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
RatnerPresita
Raynes McCarty
Sandals & Associates P.C.
Stevens & Lee/Griffin
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy P.C.

Corporate Sponsors
Reliable
USI Affinity
WAWA

Legal Supporters
Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney

Legal Supporter
Veritext

 

Support Center for Child Advocates Honors Philanthropist Mark Solomon With The 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award

The 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award

January 8, 2013, Philadelphia, PA — On April 10, 2013, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) will celebrate 36 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization serving abused and neglected children at their Annual Benefit Reception & Auction held at the famed Crystal Tea Room (Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia).

The event will consist of a cocktail reception, silent and live auction and an inspiring Awards Ceremony honoring Mark Solomon with the 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his dedication to providing high quality education for children in the foster care system and his unwavering support of youth at risk. From his deep involvement with the Gesu School, Girard College, Arise Academy Charter School, ESF Dream Camp Foundation and Save A Mind Foundation in the Philadelphia region to Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, Mark has ensured that thousands of children throughout the world have a chance to get ahead.

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Child Advocates Say Abuse Measure Would Make Matters ‘Worse’

Several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the safety of Pennsylvania children cleared the Pennsylvania House of Representatives earlier this month and await action in the state Senate.

But one of the bills moving to the upper house has drawn ire from child advocates, who say it fails to adequately take into account the recommendations of a task force aimed at abuse prevention and would make matters “worse.”

The legislation stems from the recommendations of the state Task Force on Child Protection and includes measures such as HB 404, which would make it a felony to violently intimidate or retaliate against a witness or victim of child abuse, HB 316, aimed at funding child advocacy centers, and HB 19, which would provide education to school children on child exploitation.

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Pennsylvania kids need more protection from abuse

Pennsylvania is nationally recognized as a leader in early childhood care and education, yet we lack a statewide child abuse prevention strategy. Scores of infants and toddlers are dying or nearly dying from child abuse, but the issue has gone unaddressed by state policymakers.

Between 2008 and 2011, Pennsylvania recorded 147 children as having died from injuries substantiated as child abuse. An additional 177 sustained injuries certified by physicians as child abuse near-fatalities.

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Lack of statewide strategy hampers child protection

Pennsylvania is nationally recognized as a leader for its early childhood care and education agenda, yet we lack a statewide child abuse prevention strategy. Scores of infants and toddlers are dying or nearly dying from child abuse and the issue has gone unaddressed by state policy makers.

Between 2008 and 2011, Pennsylvania officially recorded that 147 children died from injuries substantiated as child abuse. An additional 177 children sustained injuries certified by physicians as a child abuse near-fatality.

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The weight of child abuse: Should a killer’s horrific childhood matter in deciding his fate?

Throughout his childhood, Terry Williams, now 46, suffered unspeakable physical and sexual abuse. In 1984, soon after turning 18, Williams killed Amos Norwood, a 56-year-old Philadelphia man who had been sexually abusing him for five years and had raped him the night before the murder.

Following Williams’ conviction, as it considered his sentence, the jury heard of another murder Williams had committed. The jury sentenced him to death. Yet neither the lawyers who represented Williams nor the jury knew that both men whom Williams killed had been abusing him. Terry Williams had not said a word. Now he faces execution in Pennsylvania on Oct. 3 and all of that history is being revisited.

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Spotlight on Sonya Dore, Volunteer Lawyer for Support Center for Child Advocates

An interview on Sonya Dore conducted by current Child Advocates Board Member and Pro Bono Counsel at Duane Morris LLP, A. Nicole Friant. Sonya Dore is the Sr. Director of Product Management at Comcast and a volunteer lawyer with Child Advocates.

How Sonya heard about Child Advocates…
Sonya learned about Child Advocates through her Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) mentor, Douglas Gaston, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Comcast. Doug spoke highly of the mission and staff atChild Advocates.  The mission resonated with Sonya, so she volunteered. 

Why Sonya was interested in our mission…
As a child of divorce, Sonya experienced the family court system at a young age.  Family court was her first exposure to the law and to the realities of the world.   The experience made an impression on her, and Sonya believes that “if [she] can help a child in a much worse situation than [she] was in and be a person who they can call when they have no one else, it makes her feel like she is making a difference.” She believes that there is “not much you can do with a law degree that is more powerful than helping children.”

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