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Family Empowerment Services

Formerly Alternative Response System (ARS), now FAMILY EMPOWERMENT SERVICES (FES), is a new service (Spring 2009) developed by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to engage families in which there is a moderate level of risk for abuse and neglect.  Families in this program have been brought to the attention of DHS through hotline reports, but there is not an immediate safety threat to the children.  Social workers help develop family functioning and work to eliminate any issues or concerns that could place the children at risk for future abuse and entry to the child welfare and/or foster care system.  For more information about ARS, contact Ms. Carla Neal, MSW, Program Director at (215) 875-4961 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Post Legal Adoption Services

Post Legal Adoption Services (PLAS) provides non-identifying placement and birth family information to persons who were adopted through Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania, one of the two agencies which merged to create Turning Points for Children (TPFC).  The PLAS social worker assists the adoptee in obtaining and understanding the requested information.  Although the information contained in records may vary greatly, TPFC is committed to providing as much non-identifying information as possible within the guidelines of the current law. If the adoptee elects to pursue a search for the biological parent(s), the PLAS social worker will assist in a referral to the appropriate county court where the adoption was finalized.  For more information about Post Legal Adoption Services, please contact Sheila Davidson at (267) 236-1563 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Families And Schools Together

The FAST program works closely with school principals and counselors, mental health and substance abuse providers, as well as community leaders to provide parent education and family support services.  The goal of the FAST program is to strengthen families by using the available resources such as partnerships by promoting parent nurturing, improving relationships and increasing children’s success in school.  Participating families meet once a week for a total of eight weeks.  Subsequent to the completion of the first eight sessions families will continue to meet once a month over a 22 month period.  The FAST program currently operates in 30 of Philadelphia's elementary schools, (including 3 charter schools) with specially trained facilitators.  In a pilot program since Spring 2010, 2 schools added a math and reading component (funded through PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit) to the curriculum with very positive, measured results.   NEWS : In 2013, an initial offering of the FAST program at two Philadelphia public MIDDLE schools will commence. For more information about FAST, contact Kim Jones, MBA, Program Director at (215) 875-4943 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See video C.E.O. Mike Vogel talks about the Families and Schools Together Program. Also see: Removing Key Barriers to School Turnaround and Improving Early Learning Outcomes

 

Emergency Family Needs Fund

Emergency Family Needs Fund provides concrete assistance to obtain food, clothing, health and medical services for clients in need.

 

FAWN

FAWN is a community based food pantry offering nutritious emergency food plus nutrition information, infant formula, and diapers to over 500 struggling, poverty-level families, annually. For further information, contact program coordinator, Alison Floyd at (267) 236-1541; or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

In Home Protective Services

In Home Protective Services (IHPS) is an intensive in-home program for families in which the children are at imminent risk of abuse or neglect; social work services are provided to help caregivers develop the parenting skills and protective capabilities they need that will keep their children from having to enter foster care.  For more information about the IHPS program please contact Rosita Martinez, MSW, Program Director at (215) 875-1561 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Kids n’ Kin

Kids n’ Kin is an innovative child advocacy program (developed and provided by Turning Points for Children for several years) is centered on supporting children with absent biological parents, by keeping them in the informal guardianship of familiar persons (extended family member or family friend).  The services of this effort include home visits, legal assistance and supportive services for incarcerated parents. These services are now provided, to parents and caregivers, within the Pre Alternative Response System (PreARS), in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services.  For more information about Kids ‘N’ Kin, contact Ms. Carla Neal, MSW, Program Director at (215) 875-4961 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For more resources on Kinship Programs and resources in your county and throughout Pennyslvania, please visit http://extension.psu.edu/kinship/.  If you are a relative or grandparent caregiver, or an adult caring for a non-biological child, we are here to help.  Please check out the resources in your county and throughout Pennsylvania.

 

Time Out for Teens and Tots™

Time Out for Teens and Tots™ (TTT) is a parenting and support program for teen mothers and their children. TTT offers group sessions that build parenting and peer relationships and foster positive and healthy mother/child relationships, or supportive counseling, mother-only and mother-baby educational and cultural special events and developmental screening for children to identify those who may need early intervention services.  TTT group sessions are held in five locations throughout the City of Philadelphia.  These services are a component within The Parenting Collaborative, a new initiative (2010) contract program of City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS).  For more information about the Time Out for Teens and Tots Program please contact Louise Leibowitz, LCSW, Program Director, at (215) 875-4963 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Stronger Families Brighter Futures Parenting Program

Stronger Families Brighter Futures Parenting Program uses research-based courses to improve parenting education and skills enhancement. This is achieved through support groups in community settings for at-risk adult parents and caregivers. There are 5 community settings, operating during Fall and Spring,  throughout Philadelphia. This service is a contract program, as of 2010, of City of Philadelphia DHS. For more information about the Stronger Families Brighter Futures Parenting Program please contact Louise Leibowitz, LCSW, Program Director, at (215) 875-4963 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Family Finding

Family Finding acknowledges that every child has a family and understands the devastation that can come from loneliness.  This new initiative program, in which Turning Points for Children was solely selected by City of Philadelphia DHS, enables children in out-of-home care to reconnect with family members or other significant people in their past whom they have lost contact. The activity through this program can establish meaningful connections and relationships with family which ultimately can help a child develop an essential sense of belonging. Specially trained social workers ,with extensive counseling and database skills, work diligently to reunite children of all ages with a caring adult family member.
For more information about the Family Finding program please contact Louis Grow, LSV, HSV, Supervisor at  (267) 236-1557 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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