Adopt-A-Center Program

The Adopt-A-Center Program supports local nonprofit organizations that provide essential outreach to children and families.

Established in 1999 by Phillips Lerner and adopted by Blank Rome with the addition of Phillips Lerner’s attorneys to the Firm’s Los Angeles office in 2016, the Adopt-A-Center Program annually selects a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that benefits children and families in the community who are in need of outreach and support.

Together, Blank Rome and the “adopted” nonprofit organization plan an event, project, or activity for the children and families, as well as guests invited by the Firm. The Adopt-A-Center Program’s previous commitments include such noteworthy endeavors as supporting orchestral instruction in East Los Angeles, sponsoring art programs for abused children, providing healthcare for low-income families as well as housing for runaway and homeless children, and distributing school supplies and backpacks to needy children before the start of the school year. The events are fully underwritten by the Firm, and additional funds for the organization are raised and donated annually by supporters of the Adopt-A-Center Program.

But, Blank Rome’s commitment does not end there. The Firm’s attorneys and professionals also volunteer to participate in the adopted organization’s events that are hosted throughout the year—and frequently, beyond. In past years, participating attorneys and staff members have stayed involved well after the completion of the Adopt-A-Center Program’s commitment, in order to assist as board members and volunteers.


2017 Recipient: Wolf Connection

Founded in 2009, Wolf Connection is a unique nonprofit serving Los Angeles that combines wolfdog rescue with youth development. Wolf Connection has rescued more than 50 wolfdogs throughout the nation who were victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. By incorporating these rescued and trained wolfdogs into their youth programs, Wolf Connection has successfully provided life education and skill-building experiences to at-risk youth to reduce violence in local communities. At the Wolf Connection’s educational sanctuary (located in the Angeles National Forest in Palmdale), at-risk youths from foster care, probation systems, alternative schools, and/or substance recovery programs experience the human/animal connection that effectively assists them in developing stronger social skills which can lead to academic success. The youth learn about healthy communication, teamwork, coping skills, creative arts, and hands-on vocational skills through activities most have never before experienced: hiking, connecting with animals, and understanding how their choices impact everything around them.

In October 2017, Blank Rome and Wolf Connection will host the first-ever Wolf Connection Fair and Concert to raise funds for the organization’s Youth Empowerment Program. Stay tuned for more information and event details over the coming months.