Category: Interaction and Support

Bringing Back Good, Old-Fashioned Family Fun

Family fun is an important part of building a strong family identity. When families have fun together, it builds a bond that can last a lifetime. Traditions are often developed in times of fun and it’s those traditions that define and individualize each family. Gina Branch However, with an ever-growing list of things to accomplish each day and technology often … Continue

The New SaintA Family Center

Visitation is a vital service for clients with children placed in out-of-home care. The SaintA Family Center helps provide a home-like environment for families during visit times. Our Family Center recently moved to our site at 8901 W. Capitol Drive, and now it feels more like home than ever. Rhiannon Campbell While the old center served the Family Engagement team … Continue

A Partnership Leads to Permanency

In the book, “The Theory and Practice of Change Management,” by John Hayes, the stages of the Helping Relationship are listed as the following; Developing the helping relationship, helping clients understand the problem situation, helping clients identify a preferred scenario and establish change goals, helping clients plan and take action, consolidating the change, and withdrawing from the helping relationship. In … Continue

Parent Cafes to Return This Fall for SaintA Families

“It was very empowering and supporting.” “I felt like some weight was lifted off me to hear that others have similar problems.” “I felt encouraged.” “I feel more aware of my children’s needs.” These are all statements from parents who attended a Parent Café of Greater Milwaukee two years ago that was presented in collaboration with the Milwaukee Child Welfare … Continue

Consistency: A Hallmark of Practice at SaintA

Consistency is defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary as: always acting or behaving in the same way; of the same quality; continuing to happen or develop in the same way. Consistency for children, according to the University of Alabama’s Parenting Assistance Line website, means “that rules and expectations are the same from one time to another. Consistency makes the child’s … Continue

Tablets Greatly Improve Caseworkers’ Efficiency

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.” — Bill Gates Within the last year, a significant development has been made in the technology used by the child welfare program here at SaintA. The leadership team had spent (and continues to spend) countless hours researching and … Continue

Lego Based Therapy Works, and It’s Fun!

A couple of months ago, a friend shared a Facebook link for Lego Based Therapy by LeGoff, Gomez de la Cuesta, Krauss and Baron-Cohen, which describes how to use cooperative Lego-building to help teach social and communication skills to youth who are on the Autism spectrum. Over the past year or so, I had been having discussions with co-workers about … Continue

A Look at Family Services and Supervised Visitation Awareness

Although Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, which is May, is drawing to a close, its significance carries through all year long. The Supervised Visitation Network (SVN), an organization of over 500 visitation providers worldwide, adopted the Orange Ribbon Campaign in honor of supervised visitation in May of 2001. The ribbon is meant to raise awareness of the need and impact of … Continue

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