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.

 
Dr. Raymond Thomas

Dr. Raymond Thomas 
MS, D.Sc

Director 

Child and Family Services and Program Quality Improvement

Pittsburgh Corporate Office

(412) 342-0600
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   Dr. Raymond T. Thomas, the Director I of Child and Family Service and Program Quality Improvement at A Second Chance, Inc., is a native of Jamaica Queens, New York where he attended August Martin High School and earned a full football scholarship to Robert Morris University. While attending Robert Morris University, Dr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Education and Information Systems, and a Doctorate of Science in Information Systems and Communication with a focus in education. With a strong desire to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in how our youth of today are being educated inside the classroom, Dr. Thomas focused his dissertation on those passions by completing “An Analysis of the Holistic Model for Blended Learning versus Face-to-Face Instruction Used to Teach At-Risk students in and Alternative School”.

   Dr. Thomas has been employed in the human services field for over 12 years. His work spans many areas, from working with adults who are intellectually disabled, to at-risk youth, and abused and neglected adolescents. Working in the capacity as a direct care Teacher/Counselor, Youth and Family Specialist/Case Manager, Program Supervisor and Program Manager, Dr. Thomas has been able to use his expertise to help guide young adolescents and their families towards a more promising future. Being passionate about volunteering, Dr. Thomas spends his spare time volunteering as a football coach for intermediate up to college level programs. This allows him to employ his passion of mentoring children and adolescents. Due to his persistent work ethic during his college years and career, Dr. Thomas has received numerous accolades and rewards including: being inducted into Robert Morris University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. As a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Thomas remains active with the fraternity by participating with other members to mentor the youth of today. Dr. Thomas has also been a keynote speaker at various events around Pittsburgh area. Moreover Dr. Thomas has a strong commitment and passion for working with families, children, adolescents, and young adults, while striving to help every individual and family become empowered, self-reliant, and contributing members of their communities.