For Immediate Release: (MEDIA)
July 17, 2019
PITTSBURGH—A Second Chance, Inc. (ASCI), one of the nation’s first and leading providers of kinship care services to children and families in the foster care system, today commemorates its founding 25 years ago.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh since 1994, ASCI opened a second office in Philadelphia in 2005 and has since extended its reach across the United States by providing technical assistance, training and coaching on kinship care service delivery to child welfare agencies in states including but not limited to California, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.
During its many years in operation, ASCI has provided unwavering service and support not only to the children and families it serves, but also to its surrounding communities. The agency hosts free events throughout each year that benefit the public, including eye health clinics, exercise classes, community barbecues, toy drives, children’s holiday parties, luncheons focused on health and wellness, and more. Just last month, agency staff and volunteers filled its community garden with fruits and veggies to address food insecurity in the neighborhood.
While ASCI is wholly dedicated to the safety and well-being of children and families, its founder, president and CEO Dr. Sharon McDaniel knows that real change must come from the top, which is why during much of her career, she has worked to inform government officials and organizations of changes needed in the child welfare system. She has partnered with various legislators, judges, public health and human services administrators, nonprofit leaders, practitioners and community-based organizations to strengthen and preserve healthy kinship families for children, which is the mission of her organization.
As ASCI celebrates 25 years of innovation and progress, the agency invites the media to inquire further about its powerful influence in child welfare, both locally in Pennsylvania and across the nation.