Caregivers

National Adoption Day 2022: Chance’s Second Chance Leads to Adoption

On November 19, 2022, ASCI celebrated National Adoption Day with kinship adoptive families in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Like every year, this was one to remember with Disney and Marvel…

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Protecting ICWA Protects Kinship: SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Brackeen v. Haaland

Kinship stretches far beyond blood relation. This same belief is shared by American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal communities, and why the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) is…

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30 Years of Knowledge Building for an Effective Kin-First Culture: A Natural Family Resource for Children in and out of the Child Welfare System

Sharon McDaniel, Ph.D., EdD, MPA President and CEO, A Second Chance, Inc. I am an alumnus of what is now known as kinship care. Today we prefer to call this “lived…

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National Youth Justice Action Month: Q&A with Shielah DeBlanc

President, Joseph R. Biden Jr. proclaimed October National Youth Justice Action Month (NYJAM). During National Youth Justice Action Month, I call upon States and communities to join me in seeking…

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ASCI Presents: A Lived Experience Story ft. Gabrielle King

Each month A Second Chance, Inc. tries to share the voices of our kinship families through Q&A style discussions. We are an agency who strives to provide a safe, secure…

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A Message from ASCI’s President and CEO for National Kinship Care Month

Each September, the nation pauses to celebrate the tireless commitment kinship caregivers provide throughout the year. Their unwavering support for family is often overshadowed by the local or national news,…

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National Baby Safety Month: Recommendations for Kinship Caregivers on Baby Safety Kelly Starver, Ph.D. Nursing

The month of September recognizes baby safety and kinship care as national designations. For many kinship caregivers, having a baby in the house or caring for a baby may be a completely new experience. …

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ASCI Presents: A Lived Experience Story

During the month of September, we recognize National Kinship Care Month and National Grandparents Day. To truly understand kinship care, we must always listen to the irreplaceable insights that the lived experience of…

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Back-to-School Tips for Kinship Caregivers

Whether you’re a caregiver, parent, caseworker or community supporter, ASCI’s education liaison Dr. Christine White-Taylor has provided the following advice to help you ensure successful educational experiences for kinship children…

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Father Shares Encouraging Story About the Strength of Kinship as Mental and Emotional Support for His Children

For children and adolescents, family connectedness acts as a protective factor for their mental health. Fostering this sense of belonging and being cared for in youth can reduce the likelihood…

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