Eric wants to inspire other people to join him in this journey. If you or someone you know is interested in fostering a child, please visit our website or call us at 215.875.8200.
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Eric Johnson always knew he wanted to be a father so he set out on a journey to give a child a safe and loving home. Eric made the courageous step to begin the process of becoming a foster parent. He reached out to Turning Points for Children, because he trusted them to guide him in the right direction.

Eric remembers getting the call a few months later. A 3-year-old boy named Edward needed a home. But it was not just Edward, his 1-year-old brother, Sincere, needed a home too. Edward had been in foster care since he was 18 months old. This would be his fourth home.

Imagine that. Four homes in three years.

Eric had doubts about his ability to handle two children, but his heart knew he couldn’t bear separating the two brothers. Soon after that call, Eric welcomed Edward and Sincere into his home.

Never having been a parent before, Eric was able to lean on the case managers at Turning Points for support. Within a few weeks, Eric, Edward, and Sincere had adjusted into a comfortable family routine.

Turning Points is able to support children and families like Eric’s across Philadelphia every year because of your support.

It’s been two years since Eric became a father and things continue to move forward for this new family. In fact, Edward has taken the necessary steps to officially adopt the boys. Edward and Sincere can count on the stability, safety, and the overabundance of love from their extended family. Eric comes from a large family, so his children have many aunts, uncles, cousins, and even a special Nanna, Eric’s mother, that are a part of their lives. When talking about his sons, Eric says, “It’s like they’ve always been here.”

Next year, we hope to create even more forever families.

But we can’t do it without you.

Be the turning point for a child who needs a forever home.


Dawn Holden Woods
Chief Executive Officer

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