Practitioners

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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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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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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Send in Your Nominations for the 2020 PA Permanency Conference

The Pennsylvania Permanency Conference celebrates the many ways families and professionals in the child welfare system support one another and work together to achieve permanent connections for all children and…

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Center of Child Welfare: 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 concept of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is essential…

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Managing Stress in the Delivery of Kinship Care

Why Self-Care Is Crucial for Caseworkers and Caregivers Alike Human-services professionals often hear phrases like, “Care for yourself so you can care for others.” Delivering exemplary kinship care services means recognizing…

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Meeting LGBTQIA+ Youth in Care Where They Are

LGBTQIA+ people and allies all over the world are marking this 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  In June of 1969, a police riot at the Stonewall Wall Inn in…

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African Americans Who Strengthen the Fabric of Child Welfare

Throughout African-American history, quilts have been more than decorative pieces of fabric stitched together by the community or one pair of nimble hands. Many are created out of necessity—to warm, shelter,…

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