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Turning Points for Children runs programs providing direct resources and care to families and communities across the Philadelphia region.

Families and Schools Together

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) program works closely with school principals and counselors, mental health and substance abuse providers and community leaders to provide parent education and family support services. The goal of the FAST program is to strengthen families by using available resources to promote parent nurturing, improved relationships and increased children’s success in school. Participating families meet once a week for a total of eight weeks. Subsequent to the completion of the first eight sessions, families will continue to meet once a month over a 22-month period. The FAST program operates in schools across Philadelphia with specially trained facilitators. 

For more information about FAST, contact Carla Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Family Finding

Family Finding acknowledges that every child has a family and understands the devastation that can come from loneliness. This new initiative, in which Turning Points for Children was solely selected by City of Philadelphia DHS, enables children in out-of-home care to reconnect with family members or other significant people in their past with whom they have lost contact. Through this program, meaningful connections and relationships with family can be established, which ultimately helps a child develop an essential sense of belonging. Specially trained social workers, with extensive counseling and database skills, work diligently to reunite children of all ages with a caring adult family member.

For more information about the Family Finding program please contact Louis GrowMiller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Food and Wellness Network

Food and Wellness Network (FAWN) coordinates a network of community-based food pantries offering nutritious food, infant formula, diapers, nutrition education, and other resource connections to poverty-level families in Philadelphia. The FAWN pantry structure simulates a food market, offering a choice model where consumers can choose the items they need. FAWN is currently accepting new referrals from the 15th police district in the Lower Northeast section of Philadelphia. Pantry services are by appointment only, for more information or to schedule an appointment please contact FAWN at 267.236.1558. 

To learn about volunteer or internship opportunities at FAWN please contact Kelly Sanford at 215.510.4503 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information please contact Laura Crandall at 267.236.1541 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parenting Support Service

Turning Points for Children offers parenting education/support groups throughout the city of Philadelphia. Groups meet weekly for 12 weeks. These groups provide parents with learning tools and strategies to help cope with the challenges of parenting, strengthen family relationships, and promote the healthy development of children. 

Current groups are offered to:

  • Pregnant and parenting teen mothers in our “Time Out for Teens & Tots” program
  • Expectant and Teen Fathers (additional individual supportive services offered with this program)
  • Adult Fathers (additional individual supportive services offered with this program)
  • Adult parents/caregivers/grandparents/foster parents/kinship providers

Additional individual and group services are offered to pregnant and parenting teens to help them to stay in school and graduate. 

For more information about our Parenting Support Service, please contact Folasshade Laud-Hammond, at 215.875.4963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Post Legal Adoption Services

Post Legal Adoption Services (PLAS) provides non-identifying background information to adoptees that were adopted through our legacy organizations, Children’s Aid Society of PA and The Philadelphia Society for Services to Children. 

For more information about our PLAS services, contact Sheila Davidson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Community Umbrella Agencies

To learn more about Community Umbrella Agencies, please visit their web site at

Foster Care Program

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.

For more information about Foster Care Services, please fill out our Foster Care Interest Form. For any questions, contact David Fair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 215-300-7886.


The Bridge

An affiliate of Turning Points for Children, The Bridge is a nonprofit behavioral health treatment and youth opportunity program for adolescents and their families seeking to overcome substance abuse, mental health issues, truancy and other challenges. The Bridge includes a comprehensive continuum of services, accredited by the Joint Commission. The Bridges’ services include a residential substance abuse treatment program for 27 adolescent males and females, the only one in Philadelphia; The Villa which includes 24 adolescent males and females, an outpatient treatment program for people of all ages; a licensed private school; and the E3Center West in West Philadelphia that helps out-of-school youth and youth returning from juvenile justice placements develop academic, vocational, and life skills. Since 1971, the Bridge has become a leader in the treatment of high-risk youth by helping more than 15,000 adolescents and families in the Philadelphia region.

For more information about The Bridge program please contact Evan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Mariposa Community Program

Mariposa Community Program is a FREE prevention program for youth ages 9-12 impacted by the substance use of a family member. The program kicks-off with an interactive and dynamic family dinner, followed by 10 weekly sessions. Snacks and transportation are provided for youth in the program.

Mariposa Community Program empowers youth by educating youth that addiction is a disease and not their fault, building confidence, teaching critical life skills to help manage feelings and practice self-care and giving kids a place to have fun. Click here to learn more about the program.

Starting in 2017

January 10: Kickoff Family Dinner

January 17 - March 7: Weekly sessions 4:30-6pm

March 14: Family Celebration


Please Contact Heather Miller at 267-318-2137 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Turning Points for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, contributions to which are tax deductible as permitted by law. The official registration and financial information of Turning Points for Children may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1.800.732.0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.