The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
To advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect in Philadelphia with the goal of securing a permanent, nurturing environment for every child.
The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 3,500 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $3.5 million annually.
The Support Center for Child Advocates teams specially trained volunteer lawyers with experienced child advocate social workers and staff attorney consultants to provide legal and social work services to child victims of abuse and neglect through a "whole child" representation model. Lawyers and paralegals from many of the Philadelphia-area law firms and corporate legal offices represent children in child welfare and custody court proceedings. Our dedicated Board of Directors provides diligent fiscal and programmatic oversight and promotes our work in the community. Hundreds of generous donors and lay volunteers help to advance our work through special events like the Child Advocates Golf Classic, Holiday Toy Drive and Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk.