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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

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 or 267-546-9216.

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

Thank You Sponsors!!!

Recovery Centers of America

Console Mattiacci Law
West Pharmaceutical Services

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
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox
MillCrest Law
Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers
Swartz Campbell

On the Course
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

The Legal Intelligencer

View pictures from last year!

40th Anniversary Benefit Reception & Auction

On April 19, 2017, Support Center for Child Advocates proudly celebrated 40 years as a leading pro bono legal and social services agency at our Anniversary Benefit Reception & Auction. The event raised over $600,000 and all proceeds directly benefit our work advocating for abused and neglected children.

For our 40th Anniversary we proudly recognized “40 for 40” – forty friends, volunteers and community leaders who make our work with children possible. Click HERE to learn about our 2017 Distinguished Advocates.

Thanks to your support, we can continue our decades-long mission to improve the lives of children.


Check out our pictures and highlight video from the 2016 event!

Thank You Sponsors!!


Presenting Sponsor

Dunleavy & Associates
Beth & Paul Koob
Tucker Law Group

Paula & Mark Solomon

Ballard Spahr LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Duane Morris LLP
The E. Rhoda Shaten Charitable Foundation
Amy Fox & Daniel Wheeler
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Fox Rothschild LLP

7.31 Productions
Comcast Corporation
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC
Gibbons, PC
The Honickman Foundation
Sarah & Daniel Keating
The Legal Intelligencer
McCarter & English, LLP
Penn Consulting Group, PC
Progressive Business Publications
Reed Smith, LLP
Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden, PC
Tactix Real Estate Advisors, LLC
White and Williams LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Anapol Weiss
Archer & Greiner, P.C.
Beacon Hill Staffing Group
Brandywine Realty Trust
Continuum Rehabilitation, LLC
Cozen O’Connor
Creative Characters
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Dena & Morey Goldberg
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
Independence Blue Cross
Katherine Kelton & Troy Graham
Key Bank
Land Services USA, Inc
Marcum LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
McCausland & McCausland LLC
Dolores Miller
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP
Moore & Van Allen
Permit Capital Advisors
PNC Bank
Raynes McCarty
Katie Adams Schaeffer & Tony Schaeffer
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Jeffrey C. Sotland

David F. Abernethy & Phyllis K. Simon
Mary & Jeff Bagley
Bederson LLP
Beneficial Bank
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Steve Chawaga & Laurie Novo
Ciardi Ciardi & Astin
Conrad O’Brien, PC
The Dispute Resolution Institute
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP
Frank Dzara, CPA
Jane & Allan Greenspan
The Haverford Trust Company
High Swartz,  LLP
IBEW Local Union 98
Independence Foundation
JD Reporting
Jefferson University Hospital
Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC
Keystone Property Group
Deborah and Zachary Klehr
Laffey, Bucci & Kent LLP
Liberty Property Trust
Susan and Daniel Mangold
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP
Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy, LLC
Martin Law LLC
McDonnell & Associates
McGivney & Kluger PC
MillCrest Law LLP
Maree & James Mulvoy
The National Liberty Museum
Kim & Tobey Oxholm
Parx Casino
Philadelphia Bar Association
Post & Schell PC
Pro-Tech Energy Solutions LLC
Jane & Bill Robinson
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC
Gretchen Santamour & Brian Ortelere
Saul Ewing LLP
Celestine & David Silverman
Steve Harvey Law LLC
Stevens & Lee, PC
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Teresa Wallace & John Chou
Ilene Wasserman & Mark Taylor

Community Partner
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 


“How to Handle a Child Abuse Case” Volunteer Training Workshop



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.


Attend our 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)

To register click HERE


To learn more, contact:
Jodi Schatz, Esq.
Director of Intake & Pro Bono Services or 267-546-9233