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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 the 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 the 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 the 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. …

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

Mom, Dad, Baby and Dad Make a Family

(From the GrowHope @ SaintA) This is a story about unexpected relationships. It’s a newer narrative in child welfare best practices. And, it represents an important perspective shift in the family visitation model. …

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

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