Lived Experience

A Discussion on Mentoring and Financial Wellness for Youth Aging Out of the System

Mentorship can play a critical role in preparing transition-age youth for adulthood. According to the University of Chicago’s Chapin Center, by age 26, 36% of young people who ‘aged out’ of foster…

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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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ASCI Presents A Lived Experience Story ft. Dana Cralle

Each month A Second Chance, Inc. tries to share the voices of our kinship families. We are an agency who strives to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment to children in…

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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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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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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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Suffering in Silence: Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis Further Exposed by the COVID-19 Pandemic | Q&A with Dr. Jacqueline Wilson

Dr. Jacqueline Wilson CEO, TRAC Services for Families Less than 25%. While mental health issues do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity, the understanding of mental health…

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Educating Ourselves to Educate Our Children on the Importance of Juneteenth

A Message on Juneteenth from Dr. Sharon L. McDaniel  The symbolism of the federal Juneteenth holiday is strong. It calls out the profound contribution of enslaved Black Americans and their…

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From Hurting to Healing: The power of centering lived experience to transform child welfare

The 33rd Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference themed, “Hurting, Hoping, Helping, Healing” examined the deeply rooted issues in child welfare, adoption, foster and kinship care to…

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