About Us

SaintA’s rich history dates back to Milwaukee’s earliest days, beginning in 1850 as two separate orphanages. As children’s needs evolved over the years, orphanage life was replaced by foster care and therapy services.

The original parent organizations — St. Aemilian Child Care Center and Lakeside Children’s Center — merged in 1989 as St. Aemilian-Lakeside, Inc., producing one of Wisconsin’s largest and most successful non-profit, non-sectarian human service agencies.

As issues affecting children and families became more complex, St. Aemilian-Lakeside continued to develop more specialized and varied treatment services and merged with its child welfare subsidiary, Integrated Family Services, in 2014 to create SaintA.

Always evolving, SaintA now advances foster care, education and mental health services for thousands of children, families and adults daily.


SaintA provides innovative family-centered care and educational services that embrace diversity and empower children, families, and adults to improve the quality of their lives. We are a dynamic provider advancing foster care, education and mental health services.

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