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What to Look for in Suicidal Youth

Youth suicide is at an all-time high. If your child has had a change in attitude, please be aware of what they may be going through. Do not shut your…

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The Backbone of Kinship Care: Sustaining Families Through Generational Wisdom in Kinship

Whether formally or informally, grandparents are, through their unconditional kinship, the backbone of our system’s efforts to keep children safe. ASCI kinship caregiver and grandmother Ms. Smith* exemplifies this, discussing…

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‘Bookmarks’ Series from Netflix Spotlights the Black Experience

On September 1, 2020, Netflix announced the launch of its new Bookmarks series, a collection of 12 five-minute episodes featuring Black celebrities and artists reading aloud children’s books by Black authors…

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The Education Law Center’s 2020 Back-to-School Guide

The Education Law Center (ELC) has updated their 2020 Back-to-School guide for schools, families and students. The information and fact sheets below now include COVID-19 related considerations for the upcoming school…

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National Kinship Care Month Is Here!

It is our duty as child welfare professionals to hear, respect and celebrate the voices of kinship care, not just during National Kinship Care Month, but each and every day….

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Dealing with Grief and Loss: Truths and Myths

It’s no secret that the current pandemic has upended our lives and presented new challenges related to grief and loss. The isolation and anxiety most of us have faced for…

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ASCI Partners with Eat’n Park and the United Way to Deliver Free Meals to Families

Since the onset of COVID-19, ASCI has delivered free meals to community members in need. This first began with our kinship families but has since expanded to the entire Penn Hills community—the…

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Have Kids? New Deadline for Economic Impact Payment

Provided by the IRS The Internal Revenue Service continues to look for ways to help people who were unable to provide their information in time to receive an Economic Impact…

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Generations United Announces New Racial Equity Initiative & Toolkits for Grandfamilies of Color

ASCI is excited to be a part of Generations United and the National Indian Child Welfare Association‘s (NICWA) three-year racial equity initiative, Grand Voices: Elevating and Strengthening African American and…

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Lessons from American Indian and Alaska Native Culture to Reorient the Child Welfare System

The forceful imposition of Western ideologies, practices and  beliefs on indigenous communities have historically stripped them from their families, communities and culture. This heinous, historical practice of separation has been deeply embedded in the…

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