Turning Points for Children’s foster care program provides safe and healthy homes for over 500 children in Philadelphia.
Sometimes, it becomes necessary to remove a child from their family while issues related to child abuse and neglect are addressed. When this happens, a Turning Points case manager works closely with the biological and foster family, relative caregivers, DHS, the courts and other agencies to help the 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 permanent legal custodianship or adoption.
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 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.
Turning Points for Children is an affiliate of SWAN (Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network) and provides the below services to children and families who are moving towards permanency goals.
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, employment history, clearances, character references, and information related to the family’s motivation to pursue permanency.
Child Profiles are summaries of a child’s life history. It provides details from the child’s birth through current history, including medical information, placement history, birth family information, education, and current permanency goal.
Child Preparation helps the child process reasons that may have led to their placement in foster/kinship care and allows them to gather some family history and answer their questions.
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.
If you're interested in learning more about adoption please call 215-875-8200