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Finding Families for Foster Care Youth

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.

One of our recent wins involved two boys who were 17 and 13 years old, and had entered into the foster care system when they were toddlers. When Family Finding started working with them, the brothers had not seen one another in several years due two failed adoption situations, and move after move into different foster homes. 

Through the Family Finding process, their caseworker was able to contact and engage 16 people (aunts, uncles, cousins) in the maternal family, many of whom wanted to have the boys come live with them and simply didn’t know what had happened to them. They had a family meeting over the holidays and got to see the boys for the first time in almost ten years.

Since then, the boys have moved into kinship care with an aunt and a family friend. Before Family Finding, both boys said they had no family and were surprised to learn of all the people they were related to in the Philadelphia area. Through Family Finding, they were able to find a stable and loving home. 

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