Summertime is the perfect opportunity to reflect on families. From our given families to those we have chosen, families are the people most important to our journey and growth. As you enjoy these warm months with vacations and beaches with those you love, take a moment to appreciate your family.
For children involved with the fostercare system, "family" can be a difficult concept. The definition of family is shaped by experience as much as it is shaped by biology. The important thing is that youth know they are part of a family regardless of the specific labels attached.
While all forms of family are extremely valuable, children currently in foster care may have biological family who have the ability and desire to house and support them. Often, there is the possibility that situations have changed for the youth's relations and there could be a support system to be found within this family.
It is these connections that Turning Points' Family Finding program, the only of its kind in Philadelphia, seeks to discover and establish. Since 2010, Family Finding has located over 160,503 possible relatives and confirmed 23,111 supports for contact, visitation or permanency.