on 15 December 2017

Meredith Z. Avakian can directly relate to many of the children who come through the foster care program at Turning Points for Children. When she was kicked out of her home at age 14, she found herself living on her aunt’s front porch, hopeful for a new start after a childhood of emotional, verbal and sexual abuse. She saw that moment as a pivotal opportunity to get out of an abusive home and change her life forever – and she has done just that. 

“I was fortunate enough to have a family member who took me in during this difficult time, but I recognize that so many children, especially in a city like Philadelphia -- with the deepest poverty levels in the country -- do not,” said Meredith. “These children become a part of the system. But through Turning Points for Children, so many kids with stories like mine are given the second chance they deserve.”

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on 14 December 2017

You’ve just turned 18 years old. You have your whole life ahead of you.  And then, your mother and father pat you on your back and say…

“This is where our time together ends. Good luck. 

We’re rooting for you. We won’t see one another again.”

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on 03 October 2017

Focusing on Trauma and Resilience, Philadelphia’s 4th bi-annual kinship care conference took place on September 23rd. Sponsored by Turning Points for Children, Senator Anthony Williams; the Philadelphia Kinship Care Committee, and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. The conference addressed the needs and concerns of grandparents and other relatives who have stepped-up to raise children who cannot be with their parents.

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on 12 September 2017

This September, Autumn, 22, celebrates her one-year anniversary of being independent. A year ago, Autumn wrote her first check to cover the cost of her rent; something she may never had accomplished if it weren’t for Turning Points for Children.

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on 15 August 2017

Did you know one in four Philadelphians are food insecure and run out of food as well as money to buy food each month? One third of hungry Philadelphians are children. Our food pantry in Frankford sees that half of the households there don’t have enough money to buy food. And seeing that 40% of the children in Southwest Philadelphia are living in poverty, we are now partnering with Tilden Middle School to open a second pantry. 

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on 18 July 2017

As a regular Turning Points donor, I am always excited to learn about the impact of our gifts, whether it is programs we have always supported, or new ones being dreamed up by the amazing hearts of Turning Points staff. Recently, I learned about Care Kits.

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