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SaintA Names Chief Equity + Human Capital Officer

SaintA has promoted Kenyatta Sinclair to Chief Equity and Human Capital Officer. Sinclair was previously the Director of Leadership Development at SaintA, where she was charged with strengthening peer-to-peer learning, identifying and nurturing high-potential staff, and coaching leaders in interpersonal skills and crucial conversations. She also enhanced the agency’s online performance management system by working with supervisors to restructure core … Continue

Conscious Discussions about Unconscious Bias

A group of SaintA staff recently took the time to gather around conference room tables for refreshments and conversation. It wasn’t a baby shower, retirement party, or any of the other common reasons for a cross-section of staff to get together. Instead of small talk, the room was abuzz with bold ideas and voices that matter. The gathering was facilitated … Continue

Milwaukee Adoption Day: Loved, No matter What

On Friday, November 10, SaintA celebrated Milwaukee Adoption Day, along with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services, Coalition for Children Youth and Families, and the District Attorney’s Office. The Honorable Judge M. Joseph Donald led a 30-minute program addressing the 19 adoptive and extended families, case managers and others who were present. One Milwaukee … Continue

2017 Free Thanksgiving Meal Sites in SE Wisconsin

In the spirit of community connections, our Community Outreach Specialists pulled together a list of free Thanksgiving meal programs in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Rock, Waukesha, and Washington counties. Please note: some sites are serving on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 23, 2017), while other sites are serving the day before on Wednesday, November 22. MILWAUKEE COUNTY St. Augustine of Hippo, 2530 S. … Continue

First Responders Respond to the Need

(From GrowHope @ SaintA) Vincenzo (Vinny) and Melanie Paolo’s inclination to help others as first responders is part of what made them so uniquely qualified for being foster parents…

SaintA is Finalist in Nonprofit Excellence

SaintA was recently named a finalist in the Collaboration category of the BizTimes Media Nonprofit Excellence Awards, an annual celebration of local charitable organizations and corporate citizens. The recognition was earned for SaintA’s leadership in the creation and launch of a smartphone app, called GRiD MKE, aimed at providing guidance and useful resources for youth who have aged out of … Continue

Navigating the Holidays: Foster Chat Recap

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 we hosted our fourth #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. We ventured into navigating the holidays within foster care. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 80,000 potential impressions, reaching 13,432 people. Thank you to everyone that participated, if you missed … Continue

By understanding trauma, Wisconsin youth find path to healing

(From USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin) It was nine years ago, at the age of 11, that Meggi Lampen was sexually abused. It was seven years ago that she first told anyone about it. She withdrew and repressed what had happened. In the back of her mind, she knew something wasn’t right. But she had no context to put it in – … Continue

SaintA Art Therapist Pursues Doctorate

Melanie Heindl looks more like a free-spirited artist than a doctoral candidate. But, as it turns out, she’s both. Heindl is a licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist within SaintA Family Services; she is also an Art Therapy Doctoral student at Mount Mary University. She started the professional doctoral program as a member of its first-ever global cohort in … Continue

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. According 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

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