Kinship Care

Why Foster Children Need to Hear “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

One of Maya Angelou’s most popular poems, “Still I Rise,” is an empowering anthem about the struggle to overcome prejudice and injustice, bringing hope to those who are oppressed and…

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The Freedom of Literacy: Investing in the Futures of African-American Children Through Early Childhood Literacy and Education

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Frederick Douglass The academic-achievement gap for African-American students, families and communities is a pervasive issue in the United States, ultimately…

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Staff Celebrates Black History Month with Spirit Week

In honor of National Have Fun at Work Day (Friday, January 31, 2019) and to kick off Black History Month, ASCI hosted a Black History Month Spirit Week the first week in…

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Grandfamilies: Make Your Voices Heard!

Make your voice heard in Washington, D.C.! Input needed: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren If you are (or once were) a grandparent or an older relative raising children, or if your…

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ASCI Kinship Navigator Celebrates 3 Years

From the Desk of Tara Skibiel, EVP of Child & Family Services The ASCI Kinship Navigator program is celebrating its three-year anniversary with Allegheny County! Kinship Navigation is foundational in…

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ASCI Announces Upcoming Webinars

First up: Busting the Apple Wide Open: The Naked Truth LEAN INTO A PROVOCATIVE CONVERSATION ON KINSHIP CARE by attending the first of 2020’s ASCI webinars. We’ve all heard, “The…

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Center of Child Welfare: Part III with Dr. Cheryl Hall-Russell

A 21st Century Perspective on Cultural Relevance and Humility The pervasive issue of racial disparity in child welfare has long presented troubling implications for children and families of color. The…

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Family First Prevention Services Act Supports Kinship Caregivers

Information originally released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Currently, 2.7 million young people in foster care are being raised by relatives. The Family First Prevention Services Act ensures that…

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Take Advantage of Allegheny County’s Stipend for Summer Camp

How will our children stay safe and engaged during the summer months? It may only be January, but it’s never too early to plan how your children will spend their…

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ASCI Video Celebrates Teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and honor his persistent urging of all citizens to do good in the world, ASCI asked several members of its dedicated staff to…

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