Important Notice: As we seek to ensure that our children are safe and thriving and moving towards permanent homes, we have joined with Allegheny County Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) in order to adopt a new process for Transportation Requests. The new Transportation Request form is available within the KIDS system. It is the same tool used to submit requests to CYF’s Transportation Team. Be sure to choose A Second Chance, Inc. (ASCI) as the Provider for requests that need to go to ASCI.
Please note the following:
- When possible, it is helpful if Kinship Caregiver (KCG) provide transportation whenever feasible and that all other appropriate options are considered as well.
- For transportation requests where the birth parents need to confirm, the Confirmation number is (412) 342-0618. Birth parent must confirm by 5PM the day before the visit.
- For Transportation Requests involving third party Agencies, please specify which agency, the contact, and their phone number.
- A Second Chance, Inc. will be closed or unable to accept trip requests on the following dates in observance of the specified holidays or In-service day.
- Monday, May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day
- Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - Independence Day
- Monday, September 3, 2018 - Labor Day
- Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23, 2018 - Thanksgiving
- Monday & Tuesday, December 24-25, 2018 - Christmas
- Tuesday, January 1, 2019 New Year's Day
Whenever possible, ASCI believes that kinship caregivers have a primary responsibility to provide for all of the transportation/visitation needs of the child(ren) in their care. ASCI will provide support with coordinating and developing a plan for the transportation/visitation needs of the child in care. More specifically, A Second Chance, Inc. believes that children will experience less trauma when Kinship Caregivers arrange for, participate in, and provide transportation to the following:
- ongoing routine and emergency medical, therapeutic, and dental checkups,
- school and educational programs,
- social programs,
- sibling visitation,
- birth parent visitation,
- other special needs of the child(ren)
In order to facilitate positive connections, aide in timely permanency, and ensure that visitation occurs in the least restrictive and most natural and familiar setting, A Second Chance, Inc. believes that children experience less trauma when Kinship caregivers participate in the visitation between the child and their immediate family, and that such visits should occur in the home of the kinship caregiver, whenever possible. We understand that this new revisited posture will require training and retraining for the kinship caregiver. The training will equip them to manage the visits in their home and report any concerns that the organization must immediately address. The organization is committed to improving the overall child well-being and we believe that these measures will ensure the same.
For more information please call 412-342-0600 and ask for the Transportation Department