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Volunteer Highlight – Elizabeth “Liz” Vaysman

 

Elizabeth “Liz” Vaysman

Workplace: A Baby Step Adoption

Practice Area: Private Adoption

Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney Since 2015

In her first and current case with Child Advocates, Liz represents five siblings. She has seen one of the children through to adoption and, through her advocacy, has ensured that the other children are now living in pre-adoptive homes with members of their extended family. Liz finds it rewarding to see how the family has stepped up to take care of the children and provide them with positive and caring home environments. While the children have been through difficult situations throughout the life of the case, Liz finds it gratifying to know that her efforts, with the support of the Child Advocates team, have helped all of the children end up in loving and supportive homes.

Liz enjoys working with Child Advocates because she finds it gratifying to feel connected to the community in a positive and productive way. Through her experience as a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney, Liz feels that she has grown both as a lawyer and as a person.

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!

EARLY BIRD SPECIALRunners who register online by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 will receive $5 off your registration fee!

Click HERE to register online.
Click HERE to download the registration form

Sponsorship Forms
Corporate Sponsorship Form – Click HERE
Law Firm Sponsorship Form – Click HERE

Caesar Rivise Team Competition Forms
Corporate Team Form – Click HERE
Legal Team Form – Click HERE
** NEW THIS YEAR – Get your friends together and join in on some friendly competition! Open Team Form – Click HERE

THANK YOU SPONSORS!!!

Presenting Sponsors
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Caesar Rivise
Firstrust Bank

Corporate Sponsors
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Veritext Legal Solutions

Legal Sponsors
Anapol Weiss
Dechert
DLA Piper
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Offit Kurman
Philadelphia Bar Association
Stevens & Lee/Griffin

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

Mayor Kenney Signs First Bill into Law

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, lauren.hitt@phila.gov

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.

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

 

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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.

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 jschatz@advokid.org or 267-546-9233

 

Baltimore Mom Caught On Video Disciplining Child Sparks Online Debate

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.

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Check us out on 6abc talking about #GivingTuesdayPhl and our Holiday Toy Drive Kick-off!

Check out Child Advocates Communication Associate Tracy Buchholz giving a tour to 6abc’s Lisa Thomas-Laury on #GivingTuesday!

Child Advocates Charity Card Campaign

Dear Friends,

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!

Please contact me if you have any questions at cgalbally@advokid.org or (267) 546-9216.

Happy Holidays!

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Child Advocates Featured In Philadelphia Family Magazine

Changing the Story
By: Christy Parker

Check out Child Advocates featured in “Philadelphia Family Magazine!”

Click HERE to read the article.  Feature starts on page 12!PF_issue1_read

Frank Cervone Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

By the Legal Staff

The Legal Intelligencer

May 28, 2013

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.

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For more information on the other honorees, please visit HERE.

Youth Courts: Can they interrupt the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’?

 

Temple Esq. Summer 2013

June 11, 2013

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!

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