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ASCI Founder and CEO Contributes to Important New Publication

Reflections on Kinship Care: Learning from the Past, Implications for the Future details the evolution of kinship care as a child welfare service through essays written by kinship care experts. Its intended purpose is to support connections between children/youth and their families. The authors share their personal and professional experiences with kinship care by calling attention to peak practice values, research, support and advocacy for caregivers, as well as relevant legislation and policy. Reflections on Kinship Care: Learning from the Past, Implications for the Future provides a historical perspective on kinship care, current strategy and implementation and a perception for the future through recommendations.


In this publication, Dr. Sharon McDaniel shares her personal and professional perspectives, as she was placed in foster care at the age of 6 and emancipated at 17, and has now spent three decades as the leading pioneer in advocacy for kinship care.

In her own book, On My Way Home: A Memoir of Kinship, Grace, and Hope, Dr. McDaniel writes, “Kinship care is a very personal story for me. Without kinship care, my life would have been drastically different. In my heart, I personally know that kinship care can change the face of child welfare for families.”


Grandparents, aunts, uncles and other extended family members and fictive kin who have become kinship caregivers are vital to raising children removed from their birth families. We want to continue to give kinship caregivers the utmost support from the child welfare community. Buy Reflections on Kinship Care: Learning from the Past, Implications for the Future today!

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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