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.

 

As we seek to move our children to safe and thriving, we have initiated our new Child Well-being Transportation and Visitation Plan. This plan not only moves families to provide transportation, but also reduces the trauma felt by all members of the triad, strengthens family ties, and propels the family into healthy self sufficiency.

ASCI believes that kinship caregivers have the primary responsibility to provide for all of the transportation/visitation needs of the child(ren) in their care whenever possible. ASCI will provide support with coordinating and developing of 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,
  • Court,
  • 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.

Please note, there are two types of transports that we will coordinate:  Open-Ended and Specific. ASCI will schedule all Open Ended transports in collaboration with the members of the triad, others involved in the transport and our time parameters.  Additionally, because we believe that a collaborative approach is in the best interest of the child, we will involve all members of the triad in the transportation process to reschedule specific transports at a time that is convenient to all involved and meets our time parameters as well.  We will advise you of any schedule changes that are made.

***If you experience any problem sending Transportation Requests, please contact our Hotline at 412-342-0701 - Option 2. This will ensure that any trip information is communicated to ensure timely child transports.***

NOTE: The Agency's email service is currently not working properly.  If you have sent a New or Updated Request after 10am on Friday April 7, please contact Mary Valentine @ 412-342-0617 to confirm we received your submission.

**For any current New or newly Updated Requests, please contact Mary Valentine @ 412-342-0617 to communicate that request.  We are currently working to restore our service and this message will be removed after the problem is resolved.

We apologize for the inconvenience!

 

Click ONLY if you have read and AGREE with the above plan - Submit a NEW Transport Request

Click ONLY if you have read and AGREE with the above plan - Submit an UPDATE to an Existing Request

 

* Please Note: A Second Chance, Inc. will be closed or unable to accept trip requests on the following dates in observance of the specified holidays & In service day.

   

Thursday March 16, 2017 FST In Service Day
Monday, May 30, 2016 Memorial Day
Monday, July 4, 2016 Independence Day
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Transportation Dept In-Service Day
Friday, September 2, 2016 Labor Day
Thursdsay & Friday, November 24 & 25, 2016 Thanksgiving
   
   
   

 

For more information please call 412-342-0600 and ask for the Transportation Department