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Shared Parenting: the Ins and Outs of Co-Parenting

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 we hosted our third #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. We explored the ins and outs of co-parenting within foster care. Accodring to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had nearly 60,000 potential impressions, reaching 5,859 people. Thank you to everyone that participated, if … Continue

SaintA Adds Chief Program Officer

(From GrowHope @ SaintA) SaintA welcomes Cyrus Behroozi as Chief Program Officer for Child Welfare. This newly developed position is responsible for oversight of, and continuity across, all functions of child welfare, including case management, foster care and family services…

When Kids are in their Seats, but not Present

With early start times, the pressure to get good grades and the desire to fit in, no wonder some students have a hard time excelling. There are countless school-day realities ranging from bullying to disruptive behavior that can commonly distract from lesson plans. But what about the student who seems unbothered by all of the above, yet still isn’t performing? … Continue

Why Foster? The Need for Foster Care!

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @SaintAorg hosted our second #FosterChat on Twitter in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. We looked into the need for foster care and why you should foster. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 100,000 potential impressions, reaching 5,894 people. Thank you to everyone that participated, … Continue

Inside Every Failed Economy Lives Families in Distress

The name of the series was “A Time to Heal,” which may not be a title you would expect for a five-part, extensively researched, year-in-the-making story about the economic plight of a city. According to Journal Sentinel economics writer John Schmid, his editors gave this notable series that title in order to acknowledge Milwaukee’s generational, financial and social brokenness. All … Continue

An Intro to Foster Care: #FosterChat Recap

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 @SaintAorg hosted our first #FosterChat on Twitter in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. The first topic was focused on an Intro to Foster Care, utilizing frequently asked questions that we’re asked regularly. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 100,000 potential impressions, reaching 5,264 people. … Continue

21 Years. 300 Kids. 1 Strong Lady.

(From GrowHope @ SaintA) Vivian Lee, a 21-year veteran of foster parenting retired in April of this year. “It took a lot of work, and lots of prayers and tears,” Vivian says of the experience. “But we knew these kids didn’t have anywhere else to go.” …

Last Generation of Residential Says Goodbye

On Friday, June 23, 2017, a very special group of staff and clients gathered outside SaintA’s Capitol Drive location. They were there, on the west side of the building, adjacent to the Residential Treatment facility, to attempt to freeze a moment in time. That moment is the end of the Residential (Res) program, which is closing after 55 years of … Continue

New Twitter Chat Focused on Foster Care!

To help promote awareness of Foster Care and to provide an open forum for current and potentially future foster parents, SaintA is partnering with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families to host a monthly Twitter Chat called #FosterChat. This Twitter Chat will be open to the public and hosted from our @SaintAorg Twitter account where we will share ideas … Continue

Specialized Care for Child Sex Trafficking Victims

(From GrowHope @ SaintA) It’s a topic that’s starting to get more attention here in Wisconsin – youth sex trafficking is very real in our largest cities, suburbs and rural areas. In fact, sex trafficking cases have been reported in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. …

Family Preservation Focuses on Early Intervention

What would you say to someone who, minutes before your first meeting, had just been told by a judge that their children were to go into the temporary physical custody of someone else? Would you let them know that your role is to support them? Or would you simply give them the time and space to process the grief and … Continue

Reunification: The Lesser-Told Story of Foster Care

For those not involved in child welfare, it’s a little-known fact that reunification is the goal of foster care whenever possible. About half of all Wisconsin kids in out-of-home care permanently go back to their biological families. That’s in keeping with the national reunification average, which hovers around 50%*. June is Reunification Month and a time to celebrate birth parents, … Continue

Educate 2 Empower – Police & Citizens Together

Two officers from the District 7 Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) recently presented a program called Educate 2 Empower at the SaintA campus on 89th and Capitol. It was a casual, yet powerful, workshop about the relationship between law enforcement and citizens. Officer JD Belongia and Officer Lawson Murrell were there representing the Office of Community Outreach & Education and at … Continue

Foster Parent Call to Action: Heard & Accepted

(From GrowHope @ SaintA) On Saturday, May 6, SaintA hosted its 2nd Annual Call to Action Day, a celebration of foster parents and a chance for families to recommit themselves to the calling. In attendance were foster families and children, along with friends and family interested in becoming foster parents. …

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