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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

Thank you, Corporate Sponsors!

May 25, 2017 – Our annual sponsorship drive launched at the beginning of 2017. Instead of an event, we invited our corporate donors to participate in a “non-event.” This approach allows us to put 100% of donations directly to helping one of the most overlooked populations – young adults who have aged out of foster care. Funds from our non-event … Continue

SaintA Honored to Contribute to “A Time to Heal”

For over a year, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel economics reporter John Schmid dug into some of Milwaukee’s most pressing social issues through the lens of trauma, including poverty, crime, and unemployment. The result of his groundbreaking deep dive is a five-part series, “A Time to Heal,” produced through a fellowship funded by the Sheldon B. Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research … Continue

Crucial Conversations in the Community

On Saturday, February 25, SaintA joined several local and state partners for a discussion entitled, “The Impact of Foster Care on the Black Community of Milwaukee,” hosted by the Community Brainstorming Conference. The conversation featured Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Secretary Eloise Anderson, along with the following panelists who work in Milwaukee’s child welfare system: Ann Leinfelder Grove, Executive … Continue

Black History Shapes Our Work, Ourselves

Q: What happens when you ask a diverse group to identify Black Americans who have been influential to them? A: A large display of civil rights pioneers; influential educators and social workers; inventors; musicians and radio DJs; poets and scholars; and even, black WWE stars.At least that’s what happened on Monday, February 27, when SaintA Child Welfare staff held a … Continue

Family Therapy Aims to Keep Youth Out of Legal System

In 2014, SaintA became a provider of a highly specialized family therapy called Functional Family Therapy (FFT). SaintA provides this service in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and has seen positive results for at-risk youth and their siblings. DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson, along with Police Chief Edward Flynn, chose the FFT model as a means … Continue

Support for Former Foster Youth? There’s an App for That

Youth who have aged out of foster care have a new tool to help them navigate the critical resources they need to transition successfully into adulthood. A new phone app, called GRiD MKE, officially launched Feb. 2, 2017. The app was made possible by a technology grant from the Tellier Foundation and contains hundreds of resources in the areas of … Continue

From Homeless to Hopeful

If you met SaintA Independent Living Services (ILS) client Malcolm (23) today, you would never guess he spent the better part of two years in shelters. He is clean cut, well dressed, has a contagious laugh – and, despite difficulties in his past, has plenty to smile about.His journey from homeless to hopeful began after he was kicked out of … Continue

Is It ADHD or Child Traumatic Stress? A Guide for Clinicians.

(From the ACEs Connection Network) “A number of researchers believe that symptoms of child traumatic stress could be mistaken for ADHD and that the risk of misdiagnosis is high. This is because there is an overlap between ADHD symptoms and the effects of experiencing trauma. Unless symptoms are examined closely, the profiles of child traumatic stress and ADHD can appear … Continue

Candy Cane Connection: Holiday Fun!

In early December, about 300 foster kids, parents and other family members convened in Milwaukee’s Third Ward for SaintA’s Annual Candy Cane Connection. For a time, the Italian Conference Center was transformed into a wonderland. There was jewelry making, Grebe’s Bakery cookie decorating, singing, dancing and more! Santa was available for photos and most importantly, to hand out candy canes … Continue

The Gift of Family

Earlier this week, one set of Wisconsin siblings got the best Christmas gift they could ever imagine. That’s when their foster parents, Chris and Wendy Attoe of Chippewa Falls, officially adopted Trysten (13) and Infinity (6), nicknamed “Finny.” A group of family members and social workers-turned friends gathered at Chippewa Falls Family Court to witness Judge Steven Cray unwrap the … Continue

Gifts with Love Stitched In

SaintA recently received a phone call from Calvary United Methodist Church in West Allis inquiring whether they could accept a donation of handmade blankets. “It was perfect timing because we were just wrapping up our annual Toy Drive and these blankets will make great gifts for some of our kids,” explains Cassie Jeffery-Miller, SaintA Advancement Coordinator.Calvary’s Knitting & Crocheting (K&C) … Continue

SaintA Clients Receive Outstanding Adoptive Parents Award

On Tues., Nov. 22, SaintA foster/adoptive parents Scot and Mya Yohr were presented with a Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parents Award in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capital. They were in good company with five other Wisconsin families being recognized during Adoption Awareness Month.The Yohrs have adopted 3 children and had been licensed foster parents in Milwaukee County for about … Continue

District to Offer Trauma-Informed Care

(From Beloit Daily News) “To help students suffering from complex trauma and toxic stress, the School District of Beloit is training its staff to offer compassionate classrooms and trauma-informed care. Given statistics on crime, child abuse and homelessness, trauma-informed care is more critical than ever.” …

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