Turning Points for Children was formed in June of 2008 when the Philadelphia Society for Services to Children merged with the Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania. Both organizations have provided services and support to Philadelphia’s children and families since the 1800s.
The Philadelphia Society for Services to Children (PSSC) was a result of the 1980 merger of the Inter-Church Child Care Society (founded 1835) and the Pennsylvania Society to Protect Children from Cruelty (founded 1877). PSSC’s mission was founded upon the conviction that children are our most precious and vulnerable resource and must be afforded the maximum opportunity to achieve their potential.
Founded in 1882, the Children's Aid Society of Pennsylvania (CAS of PA) was created to assist destitute children. After the Civil War, children in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties were placed in jails, almshouses and asylums with their parents and were often abandoned or orphaned there. CAS of PA’s mission was to help children and families strengthen their futures through professional, responsive, child-centered and family focused services.
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