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File #: 181011    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/15/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 11/15/2018
Title: Recognizing Turning Points for Children on the success of their new program YVLifeSet, which assists youth with the transition from the foster care system to adulthood.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. Signature18101100.pdf
Title
Recognizing Turning Points for Children on the success of their new program YVLifeSet, which assists youth with the transition from the foster care system to adulthood.

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WHEREAS, Turning Points for Children is an organization that provides social and health services to children and families in need. Turning Points has been serving youth and families for over 175 years. In its early years, Turning Points focused primarily on the placement of children into adoption, foster care, group homes, and residential treatment. In the early 1970s with the launch of Family Support Services, Turning Points shifted its focus to providing in-home and community based services; and

WHEREAS, Turning Points, supported by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, recently launched a program to create a successful path for youth aging out of foster care and into adulthood. Young adults aging out of foster care often do not have support from family or financial resources, making the transition to adult responsibilities more difficult. Youth aging out of foster care also experience higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, homelessness, mental health challenges and unemployment than youth who have not experienced the foster care system; and

WHEREAS, Turning Points has established the YVLifeSet Program in Philadelphia to address the complex issues youth face when aging out of the foster care system. YVLifeSet currently serves youth in Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Oregon, North Carolina, and Washington. The core principles of the YVLifeSet Program ensure that social workers have a small caseload and that they engage youth through multiple weekly contacts. The program includes highly structured training and supervision of staff, youth involvement and engagement, evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, community advocacy projects, adolescent comm...

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