Turning Points for Children envisions a thriving community for all.
Turning Points for Children brings social and health services to vulnerable people. Our work is built on the foundations of wellness, safety, diversity and collaboration. We believe in the power of resilience and possibility.
For more than 175 years, we have served youth and families in Philadelphia. In the earliest years, services were primarily related to placement (foster care, group homes, residential treatment and adoption). With the beginning of family support services in the early 1970’s, the legacy agencies to Turning Points for Children began to provide in-home and community-based services. Chronic poverty is at the root of many of the issues our families face, so our prevention programs are designed to look especially at difficult family relationships, child abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, high dropout rates, unemployment and inadequate health care.
In 2013, Turning Points enhanced its system of care and program offerings by affiliating with Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), allowing Turning Points to grow and function more efficiently by providing essential administrative functions like information technology, total quality management, communications and human resources support. Turning Points for Children is able to access a comprehensive continuum of services through its affiliation with PHMC to connect children and their caregivers in the areas of primary care, behavioral health, financial services, parenting programs, workforce readiness and early childhood education. We are committed to providing a holistic, client-centered approach to delivering services by a team of care experts who customize care around clients’ needs. In 2014, Turning Points was selected by Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services as the Community Umbrella Agency for Lower Northeast Philadelphia and West/Southwest Philadelphia.
Turning Points provides its programs and services almost exclusively within the city of Philadelphia. We now serve more than 9,000 clients.
Turning Points for Children believes that:
• Families, inclusive of fathers, are the cornerstone of communities and society.
• Fathers play an important role in the family and in the lives of children.
• Turning Points for Children has a commitment to fatherhood engagement throughout all Turning Points services:
o Families and Schools Together
o Family Finding
o Food and Wellness Network
o Parenting Support Service
o Foster Care and Adoption Program