Mission: To strengthen and preserve healthy kinship families for children. A second chance, inc. (asci) believes that kinship care provides stability and continuity to children, allowing them to maintain their cultural identity and contact with family through placement with relatives or friends.
Programs: Kinship foster care and navigator - subcontract with allegheny county children, youth, and families for administering kinship foster care services. This program, the agency's premier kinship program, provides direct casework and support services by helping kinship caregivers meet the foster care requirements of the pennsylvania department of public welfare, allegheny county, and asci through assessment and monitoring of families, orientation, and training of caregivers, certification and recertification of kinship homes, and aftercare assistance. While the goal is ideally reunification of the child with their birth family, alternative permanency options are explored, as appropriate, including adoption and subsidized permanent legal custodianship.
foster care - subcontract with philadelphia department of human services, multiple community umbrella agencies in philadelphia and a few surrounding counties for administering foster care services to kinship and general foster care families. In addition, asci provides family group decision making and family finding services to families with philadelphia dhs and delaware county, pa.
state wide adoption network in allegheny county and the city of philadelphia - provides services to assist both families and children towards defined permanency goals. Services include child and family preparation, child and family profiles, adoption finalizations, and post-permanency services.
asci provides various ancillary support services as part of our coremission in serving the triad. These services include single parentsupport groups, grandparents support groups, a summer basketball campand dance for life. Additionally, smaller contracts not relateddirectly to allegheny county or philadelphia are housed within theother programs category.