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.