Support Center for Child Advocates1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1200
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) is the country’s oldest and largest volunteer legal services agency dedicated exclusively to abused and neglected children and youth. Each child receives the service of a staff social worker who is teamed with a volunteer attorney from the Philadelphia legal community. Our legal and social services are offered to child victims through two service lines: 1) Direct Representation Services and 2) Child Advocacy Leadership & Training, which includes our systemic change efforts and our training programs. We represent over 1,100 children each year and train more than 4,000 lay and professional caregivers.
To advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing safety, justice, well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child.
Representation of child victims of abuse and neglect in Dependency Court and Domestic Relations proceedings.
Child welfare reform; quality of representation of children and parents.
Income guidelines: none; Geographic guidelines:children from families who are residents of Philadelphia.
By phone: M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Child Advocates must be appointed by a judge to represent a child. Referrals are usually from courts, hospitals, the DA’s office
or other agencies.
Intra-familial child abuse/neglect/sex abuse. Child Advocates provides pro bono legal and social service advocacy to child victims in both criminal and civil court cases related to child abuse.
Project PROTECT (Philadelphia Response and Outreach to End Child Trafficking); Project YES! (Youth Educational Success); Center for Excellence in Advocacy (for training and consultation programs; Project for Children with Complex Medical Needs, Outcomes in Behavioral Health; and Empowering Older Youth Program. More information can be found at www.sccalaw.org/resources/programs
Frank P. Cervone, Esq.
Marguerite Gualtieri, Esq.
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