Dear Friends of SaintA:

2015 Highlights

88% of children placed in out-of-home care due to abuse or neglect found a permanent home through Reunification, Guardianship or Adoption.

Former foster youth aged 18-25 in Independent Living Services achieved the following: 95% had no contact with criminal justice system, 98% maintain an income and 88% maintain safe and secure housing.

71% of children in Residential Treatment were discharged to less restrictive environments.

There was a 25% increase in Statewide Treatment Foster Care licensed homes and a 15% increase in the number of Wisconsin children who were placed in those homes.

30,000 individuals have been trained by SaintA in Trauma Informed Care since 2008.

We celebrated 165 Years of Compassion and Caring.

A recent survey of our Independent Living Services clients revealed an interesting paradox. The vast majority of the 18-25-year-old former foster youth who were surveyed said they had witnessed – or even, experienced – violence. Yet, a very small percentage described their neighborhoods as being “unsafe.”

This made us wonder if violence is the new normal and if Milwaukee’s young people have come to accept it as part of life. However, to us, violence and other forms of childhood adversity are anything but acceptable. That’s why many of our program expansions in 2015 were focused on preventing circumstances that result in children being removed from their homes, and on providing services to stabilize the entire family.

Last year, we strengthened our partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools, the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services and several family services organizations to extend the reach of our Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program for at-risk youth, ages 11-18 years old, which builds on family strengths. This gave us the critical opportunity to focus on preventive therapies and help families stay together. You can read an FFT case study here.

In 2015, we also became an approved Parent Assistant provider for Milwaukee County Delinquency Services, which allows us to assist parents in steering their children onto better paths in school, relationships and life.

Accreditations & Awards

COA
. After an arduous 18-month process, we received a four-year reaccreditation from the Council of Accreditation (COA) in July of 2015.

Praesidium. We also achieved Praesidium Accreditation, a process by which we demonstrate our commitment to preventing child abuse of clients.

Women of Influence. In June 2015, President/CEO Teri Zywicki received a Woman of Influence Award from the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Governor’s Foster Parent Award. SaintA foster parent Nakeita Patterson received the Governor’s Foster Care Award in the spring of 2015.

Also at the end of last year, we expanded our community services to support additional counties throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Integrated Community Treatment encompasses School-Based Services, Mental Health Consultations and Birth to Three Supervision for clients in Washington and Racine counties.

Our geographic reach didn’t stop there. In 2015, we expanded Treatment Foster Care in central and northwestern Wisconsin. With that, we saw an increase in total number of licensed homes and a double-digit increase in the number of children who found placement in safe, trauma-informed homes. Read about one of our trailblazing western Wisconsin homes here.

Amidst all the expansion, we paused for a moment to celebrate 165 Years of Compassion and Caring. Nearly 300 guests attended a dinner event with Dr. Bruce Perry, nationally-renowned expert on Trauma Informed Care and $55,000 was raised to provide support to youth aging out of foster care.

There is still much work to be done. We’re very grateful for the guidance of our Board of Directors, the support of our donors and our community partnerships, all of which allow us to provide treatment, prevention and stability for some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable children and families.

Sincerely,

Teri_Z Signature    BrianPier

Teri Zywicki, President, CEO  Brian Pier, Board Chair
 Teri Zywicki & Brian Pier

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