ASCI Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Ask the Doctors

Please join A Second Chance, Inc. and the African American Strategic Partnership on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. eastern time for an important conversation with local physicians regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

As essential workers whose purpose is to serve children, youth and families, we must address the importance of COVID-19 vaccination. However, there is misinformation circulating about the vaccines and their availability, which this webinar aims to clarify.

Register now for our exclusive “Ask the Doctors” webinar, and have your vaccine questions and those of your staff answered in real time by the experts.

Please check back frequently for newly scheduled webinars.

Past Webinars

Recordings and other materials are available for download below each webinar.

Family First Prevention Services Act

If programs want to receive funding under Family First, they must be evidence-based. But what does that mean for agencies, and where should practitioners start? These webinars are purposed to get everyone up to date on where the legislation stands and what they may want to consider moving forward.

Emotional Support of Healers in the Wake of COVID-19
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Purpose: During this webinar, child welfare professionals learned what they can do to better meet the emotional needs of their frontline staff, who must remain healers in the midst of COVID-19. Responding to an ongoing public health emergency requires being intentionally mindful in planning, addressing and managing how we support our healers so they can remain diligent in supporting children and families. Participants heard from national leaders in child welfare, philanthropy, psychology and the faith community. 


Dr. Betsy Farmer, Dean, School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh

Eliza A. White, MSW, Program Development Specialist, the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center, School of Social Work at the the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. David Brock, D. Min., Managing Director, Family and Community Engagement at A Second Chance, Inc.

Walter Howard Smith Jr., PhD, trustee of Casey Family Programs; retired Deputy Director and Clinical Director at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Dr. Cheryl Hall-Russell, President & Chief Cultural Consultant, BW3

Recorded Webinar

Webinar Presentations

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Responding to the Needs of Family: A Practitioners Perspective
Thursday, April 9, 2020

Purpose: During this webinar, we described tactical strategies and interventions needed to maintain high levels of family engagement that help ensure safety and well-being for children, their families and our staff. Child welfare providers must have comprehensive plans and strategies to address the unique challenges child welfare is facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes education, community partnerships, attention to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the participation of child welfare administrators and data experts.


Heidi Hochstetler, CUA10 Director, Turning Points for Children 

Tara Skibiel, MSW, LCSW, Executive VP of Child and Family Services, A Second Chance, Inc., Pittsburgh

Caitlin Price, MSW, LSW Executive VP of Child and Family Services, A Second Chance, Inc., Philadelphia

Oronde Miller, Program Officer at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, member of the Racial Equity and Community Engagement team

Dr. James Freeman, Assistant Professor for the MSW program at Johnson C. Smith University

Dr. Christine White-Taylor, Education Liaison, A Second Chance, Inc.; former high school principal, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Jacki Hoover, LSW, Deputy Director, Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families

Recorded Webinar

Webinar Presentations

Click here for each panelist’s PowerPoint.