Monthly Archives: August 2014

More Foster Parents Desperately Needed

While perusing Facebook one Saturday evening, I came across the video clip below, which had been showing up on several of my friends’ pages. I finally decided to watch it. It captured the reality of children in foster care, the reality of how hard it is to provide care for them, and their desperate need for stability and love. I … Continue

Sharing Stories on Why We Do This Work

Each month when the Clinical Services Department (staff working with training, trauma informed care/Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™, School Based Services and Clinical Services) gets together, we kick off our meetings with a caregiver capacity activity chosen by a different member of the team. So far we have explored mandalas, sympathetic breathing and inspiring quotes – each activity working different pathways … Continue

Spreading the Word on Functional Family Therapy

On June 23, SaintA, in a partnership with Department of Child and Family Services, had the great pleasure of introducing the Functional Family Therapy program (FFT) to Milwaukee. Understanding the need to provide support and encouragement for Milwaukee’s at-risk youth and their families, FFT aims to provide strength-based and solutions-focused therapy that not only supports the identified youth but engages … Continue

A Memorable Evening for Treatment Foster Care Families

A picnic, a training, an award ceremony, and fun, therapeutic activities….what a great evening for our treatment foster families! On Tuesday, July 29, our Treatment Foster Care (TFC) Program hosted the TFC Picnic and Training at the SaintA main campus, an event that we hope was memorable for families and staff. TFC is out-of-home care by foster parents who have … Continue

Student Showcases Highlight Talents, Pride

In an effort to make learning more interactive and fun for the students in our Transitions Therapeutic School, we started student showcases during the 2013-14 school year, and we will continue them in the upcoming 2014-15 year. At the end of each month of the school year, our students and staff hosted a “gallery” where they displayed their work, be … Continue

International Experience Brings Lots of Pride

As I sat on my long flight home from Canada recently, I reflected back on all of the presentations and knowledge learned from a week at the ChildTrauma Academy conference. I couldn’t help but compare my discussions with other agencies with our work at SaintA, and specifically within our Treatment Foster Care program. I felt pride that SaintA has been … Continue

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