Category: Foster Care and Adoption

ABC-V is now “Fostering Relationships”

We recently told our foster parents about ABC-V, an innovative approach that allows foster parents to provide real-time coaching to bio families by being present during Family Time interactions.Thus far, nine SaintA caregivers have been trained in the ABC-V intervention model and are interested in joining this pilot once the time is right. Children placed in their home need to … Continue

The Impact We Make

Oftentimes, we go through our lives believing that the decisions we make, the actions we take and the beliefs we have – because they serve our own personal best interests – are independent of others’ trajectory through life’s processes. Other times, we purposefully choose to get involved, to help those we feel may not be as blessed as we are … Continue

New Foster Parent Steps Up to the Plate

I have been with SaintA since March 2015, facilitating family interactions between biological parents and their children. I also interact with foster parents, relatives and other family members on a consistent basis. My experience has led me to believe that foster parents have one of the most important jobs in the world in caring for children. I’d like to share … Continue

Agency Expanding Treatment Foster Care Statewide

I am very excited to share with you that SaintA has made the strategic decision to expand treatment foster care and case management services statewide. We are hiring additional staff in the western and central regions of the state to support our recruitment, licensing and case management efforts. As you might imagine, the demand for high-quality, trauma-informed treatment foster care … Continue

Sex Trafficking Victims Need Support, Encouragement

A group of co-workers and I recently attended the second bi-annual conference “Not for Sale,” Wisconsin’s Response to Human Trafficking. This two-day conference had presenters from across the country and from Mexico discussing the prominent issue of girls and boys, of all ages, being purchased for sex and options on how to support them outside of this way of life. … Continue

Gratitude: Putting Things in Perspective

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward A few months ago for our team meeting, we decided to do something a little different and went on a gratitude walk. It had been a stressful couple of months, with several workers on maternity leave, caseloads high … Continue

Quality Parenting Initiative Needs Input

Several SaintA staff members, a SaintA foster parent, and I recently had the opportunity to attend the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) conference in sunny San Diego. Wisconsin was one of seven states (as well as California, Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York) in attendance. QPI is an initiative aimed at providing great caregivers to the children in out-of- home … Continue

Healing Comes in Many Different Ways

On a beautiful day recently, Nichole Ostrowski-Grasset’s Foster Care licensing team spent the afternoon and evening surrounded by proof that healing comes in many different ways. Our team volunteered at LifeStriders in Waukesha, a nonprofit organization that provides life-enhancing physical and psychological experiences and services to individuals with special needs. LifeStriders offers a holistic approach to meeting the challenges many … Continue

Why We Do This Work: Foster Care Licensing

Recently our chief clinical officer, Tim Grove, challenged us all to stay connected to why we do this work. Well Tim, challenge accepted! I supervise five of the foster care licensing specialists, who work directly with the foster parents of SaintA. At our most recent team meeting, we gathered around some delicious ice cream sundaes (our idea of brain food), … Continue

More Foster Parents Desperately Needed

While perusing Facebook one Saturday evening, I came across the video clip below, which had been showing up on several of my friends’ pages. I finally decided to watch it. It captured the reality of children in foster care, the reality of how hard it is to provide care for them, and their desperate need for stability and love. I … Continue

A Memorable Evening for Treatment Foster Care Families

A picnic, a training, an award ceremony, and fun, therapeutic activities….what a great evening for our treatment foster families! On Tuesday, July 29, our Treatment Foster Care (TFC) Program hosted the TFC Picnic and Training at the SaintA main campus, an event that we hope was memorable for families and staff. TFC is out-of-home care by foster parents who have … Continue

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