ServicesKinship Care...It’s our purpose!

Introduction

Introduction

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.

 

Kinship Family Preservation In-Home Clinical Services Model is a new and unique program component of A Second Chance Inc. The purposes of our services are to implement family-oriented in home mental wellness program services for kinship children and families to strengthen and preserve healthy kinship families for children.   A Second Chance Inc. is committed to servicing the entire triad- child, caregiver, and birthparent, in order to effectively preserve and strengthen the kinship family unit.

Our goals and objectives:

  • To preserve the kinship family placement through safety, stability, and well-being.
  • To promote permanency through planning with members of the kinship triad.
  • To improve the overall mental and emotional wellness of members of the kinship triad.
  • To reduce the incidents of parent-child; sibling and extended family conflict.
  • To eliminate emergency out-of-home placements due to runaway and psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • To decrease adjudications of delinquency among dependant youth with crisis prevention services.
  • To moderate the risks of truancy, drug use, gang activity and teen pregnancy through crisis intervention.

 

Services are provided to address federal outcomes of safety, permanency and child well-being:

  • Individual and Family Assessments, Mental health treatment recommendations, educational advocacy, Kinship Family Empowerment, Permanency planning, support group facilitation, clinical supervision of parent-child visits, information and referral services.  We teach: 
    • anger management skills, life skills, social skills, positive parenting skills and effective communication skills for kinship families.
  • Referral Criteria – Kinship families who are most appropriate for Kinship Family Preservation In-Home Services may have characteristics that include but are not limited to:
    • New Kinship families referred for assistance with prevention resources.
    • Kinship families with mild to moderate emotional, psychiatric, behavioral and physical and cognitive issues.
    • Kinship children at risk for truancy, drug use, teen pregnancy, and delinquency.Kinship families with adult-child, sibling and extended family conflict.
    • Kinship families in need of crisis intervention services to prevent a disruption in their kinship placements.
    • Kinship families that require education, mediation, support groups, counseling and preparation for permanency.
    • Teens and young parents aging out of the child welfare system in need of support systems, parenting skills and self-sufficiency services.Kinship families with unresolved visitation plans that require clinical supervision, assessment and mediation. 
  • Exclusionary criteria: 
    • Kinship families with severe emotional, psychiatric, behavioral and cognitive issues. 
    • Service Delivery – Crisis Safety Plans, Critical Case Conferences, Kinship Preservation Assessment, FACES III and Treatment assessments completed by Masters Level Clinical Specialist determine the frequency and duration of in-home services. 
    • In addition to the Clinical tools utilized by the Kinship Preservation In-Home Clinical Team, ASCI has a assessment tool called the Kinship Care – Special Needs Checklist that helps identify critical services needs of the individual kinship care child and evaluates PAT level assignment. 


If further psychological assessment is needed during intake, assessment and at discharge/termination phases of service delivery, the kinship children or families are referred immediately to the appropriate qualified Mental Health provider.  A network and resource manual of qualified Mental Health providers and other community resources have been created.  The staff of those agencies includes psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed social workers. 

Special services provided by the In – Home Clinical Services:

  • Post Adoption Services for kinship children and families adopted under the SWAN unit of services.
  • Educational Advocacy 
  • Clinical Trainings 
  • Critical Case Conferences – internal case staffing to facilitate group decision making and action items to address safety, well being and permanency.  Children and families referred to these conferences have the following at-risk factors: families in crisis, vulnerable caregivers, mental wellness, substance abuse, special medical needs and parenting teens.  
  • Clinical Unit Analysis - Clinical specialist are assigned to each POC casework unit.  To provide clinical consultation, training and resource allocation to POC casework staff during a monthly unit supervision.
For More information please call 412-342-0600 and ask for the In-Home Department