Turning Points for Children

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Turning Points for Children gives the following descriptive information:

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.

Mission: Turning Points for Children's vision is that all children will grow up in a nurturing and protective family environment that provides them with the framework to make positive choices and become healthy, productive, and self-sufficient adults.

Vision: Turning Points for Children's mission is to support families in raising safe, healthy, educated, and strong children by partnering with caregivers to develop and strenghten protective qualities and by offering them the tools, skills, and resources they need to ensure their children's optimal development.

Turning Points' headquarters is located in the Rittenhouse Square section of the city.