Volume 5, Issue 3
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In recognition of National Women’s History Month and National Social Work Month, ASCI spoke with its founder, president, and CEO Dr. Sharon McDaniel, assistant professor Dr. Sherri Simmons – Horton, in the department of social work at the University of New Hampshire, and Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Farmer, dean of social work at the University of Pittsburgh, as influential thought leaders, and educators in child welfare and academia. This critical discussion highlights the evolution of the study of kinship care in academia, and the importance of eliminating bias in social work studies, leadership, and practice to effectively prepare a culturally and racially competent workforce that truly values family.

To read this piece in its entirety, please visit our website.
This year’s theme for National Social Work Month is The Time is Right for Social Work. In this profession, social workers are dedicated to helping vulnerable people and communities work through the challenges they may face every day, no matter the circumstance. Social workers have shown what it truly means to be committed to ensuring our children and families receive the best service possible despite the daily uncertainties of COVID-19. As such, we value the hard work and dedication of all our staff who have committed to our children and families, and are taking this time to highlight some of ASCI’s superheroes in kinship care. ASCI offers its most sincere thanks to our social workers, and social workers everywhere, who put on their capes and go above and beyond for the families we serve, and who assist in providing our communities with necessary services, not just in times of crisis, but every day. 
Visit our website to read Victoria's story.

Visit our website to read Tiffany's story.

Visit our website to read Domonik's story.


 This segment is dedicated to every woman or man who has ever been made to feel ashamed because of alopecia areata. As a licensed cosmetologist, I am keenly aware of the pain that this condition can cause. This segment serves to move us away from the drama on social media regarding the incident at the recent Oscars, and rather, seeks to educate the larger public about Black hair, alopecia areata, and the right for everyone to “rock” their hair the way they see fit and how we should dare to celebrate the same. That is why I call this segment, "Hairliberation!” 
- Dr. Sharon McDaniel 


Preserving Black women’s hair freedom and humanity

Black hair in America has long since been a political impetus whereas Black women and girls continue to feel the brunt of discrimination and ridicule for a natural state of their humanity – the way in which their hair grows from their scalps, or lack thereof. As the creator of the 2009 documentary ‘Good Hair,’ Chris Rock’s recent anecdote toward Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars ironically displays the public insensitivity and ignorance of the secret struggles Black women experience with their hair and the historical impacts of hair loss in the Black community.

Alopecia areata is a nonscarring form of immune-mediated hair loss experienced by men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. While few studies have examined the clinical epidemiology of alopecia areata in regard to patient race, recent research highlights the racial disparities and increased likelihood of alopecia areata in Black and Hispanic women compared to women of other races.

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In honor of Women's History Month, Dr. McDaniel invited women from all walks of life to participate in a special project to inspire all women to wellness. This inspirational booklet is a dedication to all woman as an encouragement to keep going, and empowerment to know that you are not alone, but have other women sending you love, light, and positive vibes in your pursuit of being well – mind, body, and spirit.

visit our website to access the digital booklet. 

Join ASCI and AASP Community TIES for Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall

In collaboration with the AASP Community TIES initiative, we are excited to announce our upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall!  The event will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 6:00 pm. Join us to get the latest facts about COVID-19 and the vaccine from our panel of medical professionals. Click here to register!

Carnegie Library Accepting Submissions for 2022 Labsy Awards Teen Media Contest

Are you someone who loves to create? Allegheny county teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original creations, inventions, and works of art in the annual Labsy Awards teen media contest.

Lasagna Love: Free Food Delivery Program Serves Families in Need

Lasagna Love was started when the founder of Good to Mama was looking for a way to help moms in the community. She and her toddler started making and delivering meals to families in the neighborhood who were struggling due to financial, emotional deficits or simply being overwhelmed.

Elementary Students Share Encouraging Pep Talks in New Hotline

Kindergartners from West Side Elementary in California have created Peptoc, an encouraging hotline for those who need a pick-me-up or some hard-hitting advice. When calling 707-998-8410, the prompt menu — narrated by kindergarten students — has dial options if one is feeling upset, needs encouragement, or simply wants to hear child laughter.

Beverly’s Birthdays to Host Free Community Baby Showers

Join Beverly’s Birthdays for FREE in-person Community Baby Showers in Pittsburgh for those who are expecting or a parent/caregiver of a newborn (0-3 months).

Ways to Celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month

America notoriously celebrates St. Patrick’s Day even bigger than any other country! Here are some options to celebrate Irish-American heritage month with your family.
Check out the ASCI blog to read more!
ASCI participates in 
Amazon Smile! If you use Amazon Smile and choose A Second Chance, Inc. as your organization, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to ASCI. You can now turn on Amazon Smile only once in the mobile Amazon app. The instructions can be found here.

It’s extremely easy, does not change prices, and now you only have to turn it on one time and it will automatically donate a percentage to ASCI when you purchase through your mobile app!
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