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Full Time Staff Attorney - Older Youth

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Support Center for Child Advocates | Philadelphia, PA
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Support Center for Child Advocates


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The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to represent vulnerable young adults, ages 18 - 23, previously involved in the child welfare system, who are experiencing current legal problems.


AgencyChild Advocates is Philadelphia’s volunteer lawyer program for abused and neglected children, providing legal and social service advocacy, through the service of volunteer attorneys teamed with staff social workers and attorneys. Child Advocates utilizes a "whole child" model of representation, while focusing on advocacy for safety, health, education, family permanency, and access to justice for the agency’s child clients. Whenever possible, Child Advocates seeks to maintain children in their homes of origin. Child Advocates further seeks to protect children by securing social services, advocating as needed for alternative homes, and supporting children who testify in court. Respected for diligent and effective advocacy in more than 42 years of service, Child Advocates attorneys and social workers move public systems to deliver entitled services and private systems to open their doors to children and their families.


Position Summary: The Staff Attorney will spearhead the agency's efforts to assist older youth and young adults who were previously involved in the child welfare system, many of whom exited the system without adequate social supports. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for both direct representation of clients for identified legal issues, as well as coordinating referrals for the young person when the issue lies outside specific areas of expertise. Other responsibilities will include providing technical assistance and training to volunteer attorneys to ensure that our network of volunteer attorneys are equipped with the best practices for advocating for all of our clients’ in Family Court and other proceedings.


Qualifications:  Candidate must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are seeking an attorney with a broad range of familiarity in poverty law, including child welfare, family law, and landlord-tenant proceedings, and who possesses strong organizational, written and oral communication skills. A minimum of 3 years legal experience is required. Public interest and/or experience working with children and families strongly favored. Spanish-language proficiency preferred. 


Child Advocates does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on account of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to represent vulnerable young adults, ages 18 - 23, previously involved in the child welfare system, who are experiencing current legal problems…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required

Benefits

Benefits: Health, disability and life insurance; 401-K; cafeteria plan for dependent care expenses; and a generous leave program. 

Benefits: Health, disability and life insurance; 401-K; cafeteria plan for dependent care expenses; and a generous leave program. 

How To Apply

Application: Send cover letter and resume by email to personnel@sccalaw.org (SUBJECT: “Staff Attorney Search-Older Youth”).

Application: Send cover letter and resume by email to personnel@sccalaw.org (SUBJECT: “Staff Attorney Search-Older Youth”).

Location

1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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