About UsKinship Care...It’s our purpose!

Introduction

Introduction

A Second Chance, Inc. (ASCI) is a non-profit corporation established in 1994. Its mission is to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment to children who are being cared for by their relatives or a close family friend - formally called "kinship care". ASCI became a subcontracting agency of Allegheny County Children and Youth Services (now called Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families [CYF]) in July, 1994.

 
Our Mission

Our Mission

To strengthen and preserve healthy kinship families for children.

Our Vision

Our Vision

A world where all youth are given an equal opportunity to grow into responsible adults; where abuse and addiction cycles are broken

Our Mantra

Our Mantra

Every Child Touched by A Second Chance, Inc. Has a Right to Be Safe and Must Thrive.

 

Why do we protect the identity of ASCI employees?

In today's volatile media environment, in which the identity and privacy of individuals have been violated, some media have participated in placing individuals in harms way to obtain more exciting news stories. Therefore, it is more important than ever that ASCI takes measures to protect its employees as well as the children that we serve. Employees of ASCI must be protected because they are targets for harassment, stalking and bodily harm by individuals dealing with the stress of losing custody of their children, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues.

 

Because the vast majority of the children we serve are in crisis, it is important that we not only protect their identities, but also the identities of our employees who are helping them deal with their crises. ASCI takes pride in being a leader in Kinship Care across the nation, and we have a qualified, dedicated and professional staff to support our mission of providing a safe environment. Disclosing the names of ASCI workers to the public can subject both the children and ASCI staff to physical harm.

 

The County and the State verify our systematic measures for ensuring that all ASCI workers possess the necessary qualifications and various criminal background clearances to work with children. This information can be verified without regard to an employee's personal information, such as their name, home address, date of birth, social security number, race, gender, or hire date.