Success Stories

75-Year-Old Woman Fostered More Than 600 Children in 50 Years

Linda Herring, a 75-year-old Iowa woman, was recently honored with a resolution of appreciation by her local government for caring for hundreds of children in foster care. According to CNN,…

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Couple Adopts 3 Brothers to Keep Them Together

Here at ASCI, we love hearing about folks who see the importance of keeping siblings together, like these Massachusetts moms. KC and Lena Currie got married five years ago and…

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Woman Who Grew Up in Foster Care Adopts 6 Boys

At the age of 12, Jessica Benzakein of Milwaukee became a ward of the state. Her mother terminated her parental rights, leaving Jessica in foster care until she aged out….

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Former Foster Youth Beats All Odds

There is often a negative stigma that follows children in foster care, as some assume they are destined to have behavioral and developmental issues, criminal records, mental and emotional instability,…

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ASCI Celebrates Youth Program with Graduation Ceremony

ASCI’s Boys II Men program hosted a Rites of Passage dinner ceremony to honor its young men for finishing the 10-week curriculum. They learned integrity, accountability, respect, discipline and so…

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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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Single Father Adopts 5 Siblings Under the Age of 5

On October 17, single father Lamont Thomas of Buffalo, New York, adopted five siblings under the age of five—Zendaya, 5; Jamel, 4; Nakia, 3; Major, 2; and Michaela, 1—according to…

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Boy’s Entire Kindergarten Class Attends His Adoption Day

A 5-year-old Michigan boy had his entire kindergarten class behind him on his official adoption day when they showed up at the Kent County Courthouse to support him.

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National Adoption Day in Pittsburgh with ASCI

On November 23, ASCI celebrated National Adoption Day in Pittsburgh, which was full of balloon animals, caricatures and even guest appearances from Ariel the mermaid and Elsa from “Frozen!” Twenty-eight…

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Kinship in Action: The McCleery Story

Throughout its 25 years of programming, A Second Chance, Inc. (ASCI) has always paid special attention to the needs of older youth, many lingering in congregate care settings. In 2012,…

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