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ASCI Leaders Provide Details on Program for Restorative Justice

From the Desks of Dr. David Brock and Shielah DeBlanc When defining justice, it is ultimately related to fairness. Therefore, justice for families means access to opportunity for everyone. For…

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A Connection to Family: Passing Down Recipes to Your Loved Ones

Eating is one thing all humans do. Family meals have been a symbol throughout the generations of sharing, nurturing and loving one another. Collecting and passing down recipes is an…

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Pittsburgh Magazine Profiles ASCI Founder’s Transformative Kinship Care Contributions

Article originally published in Pittsburgh Magazine. In 1993, Dr. Sharon McDaniel saw an opportunity. The need was dire, but McDaniel felt that her career had built up to that moment…

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PFSA Offering Virtual Mandated Reporter Training

PFSA is continuing to offer virtual Mandated Reporter Training at no cost to mandated reporters in Pennsylvania. This three-hour virtual training is approved by the Departments of Human Services, Education,…

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Child Welfare Legislative Updates: June 29-July 6, 2021

Please review the following child welfare legislative updates pertinent to children and families from June 29- July 6, 2021. These bills and other important legislation can be tracked at GovTrack.us. Health H.R. 4217—Rep….

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The Cuff Family: Through Thick & Thin, Love Wins

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) shares that over the last 30 years, countless families have been separated over struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, as…

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Free Child Passenger Seat Checks Near You!

The Click It or Ticket Campaign focuses on seatbelt enforcement and education. The campaign highlights the proper fit and installation of child passenger seats. Department personnel certified as Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians…

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From Dreams to Goals and Back Again: A Family Cycle of Love

Written by Sameerah Allen, MSW. Assisting others and caring about their outcomes have always been primary for me. As a youth residing in a Pittsburgh inner-city neighborhood, an environment where…

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ASCI Celebrates Its Staff Graduates!

Written by Willette Walker, Chief Learning Officer These words of wisdom have encouraged many to go on a journey to further their education. It is a mantra, similar to Nike’s…

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Innovating Kinship Care Practice During COVID-19: One Year Later

When COVID-19 reached the pandemic level last year, many children and families found themselves having to create a “new normal.” This has included a shift from physical social interactions to…

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