July Resource Parent Training Calendar 

Sometimes, it becomes necessary to remove a child from their biological family while issues related to child abuse, neglect, and/or homelessness are addressed. When this happens, a Turning Points case manager works closely with the biological and foster family, relative caregivers, the Department of Human Services, the courts and other agencies to help the biological family address its challenges and reunify the child with the biological family as soon as possible. When that is not possible, Turning Points works to find another permanent family relationship for the child, either through adoption or permanent legal custodianship.

Foster parents provide temporary care in their own homes to bring stability to a child during a time of often severe trauma. Children enter foster care because of child abuse, neglect or special family circumstances requiring that the child receive out-of-home care. Foster care services are intended to provide temporary care for a child until he or she is reunited with their biological family or until another permanent living situation is found.

The goal of the foster care program is to provide a safe environment which is supportive of the child's development. The program assists the child's parents in resuming responsibility and custody or to attain an alternative permanent placement for the child as soon as possible.

Adoption Services

Turning Points for Children is an affiliate of SWAN (Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network) and provides the following services to children and families who are moving towards permanency goals:

  • Family Profile

    Family Profiles are completed once a family has been identified as a permanency resource for adoption. A history of the family is gathered including the family’s background, clearances, character references, medical history, employment history, and other information related to the family’s motivation to pursue permanency.

  • Child Profile

    Child Profiles are summaries of a child’s life history. It provides details from the child’s birth through current history, including birth family information, medical information, placement history, education, social-emotional history, and background leading to the current permanency goal.

  • Child Preparation

    Child Preparation helps the child process reasons that may have led to their placement in foster/kinship care and allows the child to gather some family history and answer their questions.

  • Child Specific Recruitment

    Child Specific Recruitment services help to connect children who are waiting for a permanent home with families who are waiting to adopt. This service assists older youth and youth with special challenges to be included in the process of finding a permanent family.

  • Finalization

    Adoption finalization services are utilized by families who are in the last step of the adoption process. This service monitors the adoptive family and child until the adoption is finalized. The permanency worker completes monthly home visits, ensures that the adoption attorney is selected and has all necessary documents.

Contact Information

Foster Care Services
resourceparent@turningpoints.phmc.org 215.875.8200

Foster Care Awareness Month

MAY 2022

Each year in Philadelphia, thousands of children and teens are removed from their homes and placed into foster care. Turning Points for Children provides safe and healthy homes for more than 900 children in the Philadelphia region.

Becoming a Resource parent can provide meaningful long-term rewards. Do you have patience, time, understanding, and above all else, a big heart with love to spare? You can be a turning point for a child by becoming a resource (foster) parent today.

Open your heart and your home to provide safety and stability to child or teen during a difficult time in their life. Here’s what you need:

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Obtain FBI, child abuse, and criminal clearances
  • A verifiable source of income
  • Provide a safe, stable environment for the foster child
  • Rent or own a structurally safe home with operable heating, electric, and water systems
  • Be able and willing to transport foster child to medical, behavioral health, family visits, and other scheduled and unscheduled appointments
  • Willing to be a supportive and loving caretaker to a child or teen

Please contact us to learn more today.

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June Resource Parents Connect

Saturday June 25th

June Resource Parents Connect 10am - 11am

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