Kinship Care

Understanding and Celebrating Kwanzaa with Your Family

Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday held annually from December 26 to January 1. This holiday commemorates family, culture, unity, and the harvest. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Kiswahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning “first fruits [of the harvest].” Kwanzaa…

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ASCI Launches New Office in New Hampshire

ASCI is excited to announce the launch of its newest office in Concord, New Hampshire! After identifying the great need for more support for kinship families, the state of New…

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The Reaffirmation of ICWA: Reaffirming Native Cultural Identities and Family Structure

During November, we celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month by respecting the distinctive and divergent histories of American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN). While we celebrate their rich histories, we…

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ASCI Presents: A Lived Experience Story ft. Victoria Giddens

Each month, A Second Chance, Inc. shares the voices of our kinship families through Q&A-style discussions. We are an agency that strives to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment to children…

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A Peak Into The Community Garden and Kinship!

Our Community Garden is an awesome way for youth and their families to connect! Miss Terry Whitley and her grandson Nysir Ragin-Jones, who is a part of both ASCI’s YES…

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Educational Enhancements of Children In Care Supported by Kinship Care

Youth who successfully learn how to read, write, and perform basic math skills are more likely to excel in adulthood, which supports overall well-being throughout their lives. However, many children…

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ASCI Works with the Department of Aging to Provide Support for Grandfamilies

Allegheny County Department of Human Services and A Second Chance, Inc. launched a Grandfamilies stipend program from April 28 – June 30, 2023. This program assisted in providing caregivers outside…

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The Importance of Acknowledging Minority Mental Health

Minority Mental Health Month is recognized to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. According to McLean…

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#SocialWorkSuperhero Domonik Daniels

ASCI: What challenges and benefits have you experienced as a child welfare caseworker? ​   Domonik Daniels: As a child welfare caseworker, I have experienced quite a few challenges. This work is…

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#SocialWorkSuperhero Victoria Lynch

ASCI: What challenges and benefits have you experienced as a child welfare caseworker? Victoria Lynch: One challenge that I have seen is that everyone working in the child welfare realm…

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