ProgramsKinship Care...It’s our purpose!



A Second Chance, Inc. supports kinship foster care that provides stability and continuity, maintaining a child's cultural identity and contact with their birth family. By placing children in the homes of the birth family's relatives or friends, parents can better concentrate on their efforts to improve their lives and home environments in preparation for eventual reunification.


What do I need to do?

You will meet with your Family Group Decision Making Coordinator and go over the following conference arrangements:
    · a list of friends and family you would like to participate
    · a date and time you would like the conference to take place
    · The meal you would like served

How long is a Family Group Decision Making Conference?

A conference could last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours. The length of time depends upon how much time is dedicated to the information sharing and private family time portions of the conference.


Where does the Family Group Decision Making Conference take place?

Your coordinator will help you identify a location in your community to hold your family’s conference. The location chosen will be a neutral, comfortable , and safe environment.

How can I have a Family Group Decision Making Conference?

You could ask your provider and/or DHS caseworker to make a referral for your family to have a Family Group Decision Making conference.

Executive Assistants

Flanagan Bonita 26 Edit Read Bio

Bonita Flanagan

Executive Assistant  
to the Exec Vice President 
of Child and Family Services in Pittsburgh
Mitchell Tamia 14 Edit Read Bio

Tamia Mitchell

Chief of Staff