News and Stories

  • 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Continue →
  • Local Athletic Club Teams Up to Collect Toys

    It’s been said if you want something done, ask a busy person. This strategy has come in handy for the SaintA Annual Toy Drive, thanks to the participation of some of Greater Milwaukee’s best-known – and busiest – athletic clubs. David Casper, Programming Manager at the Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC) Menomonee Falls location, says the ... Continue →
  • Triad of Techniques Lessens Holds, Improves Care for Outbursts

    “This made me feel like I have a lot of power, where I can pick where I want to go.” So said a boy in one of SaintA’s Residential Treatment units about how things have changed in recent months. The boy, who we’ll call David, used to cut himself and attack staff. He has a history ... Continue →
  • An Adoption with Class (Literally)

    On Monday, August 29, 10-year-old Abby, a student at Milwaukee’s St. Coletta Day School, was adopted by her foster mom Ann Novotny. Because of her close-knit school community, Abby’s classmates spent what was supposed to be their first day of this academic year at Children’s Court, witnessing her adoption, instead.Afterwards, Abby, her forever family and ... Continue →
  • Sensory Processing Disorders & the “Just Right” Zone

    As kids, we learn about our five senses: hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste. These sensations are how we regulate and interact with the world around us. Though it seems pretty straightforward, the sensory system is actually quite complex, especially if a child has a sensory processing disorder (SPD), which could be related to learning ... Continue →
  • SaintA Insights included in Harvard Paper on Child Development

    SaintA was recently asked to review a paper entitled “Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems” published by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Teri Zywicki, CEO; Ann Leinfelder Grove, Executive Vice President; and Denise Pilz, Vice President of Programs all offered feedback to lead author Steven D. Cohen, ... Continue →
  • Small Business Makes Big Impact on Toy Drive

    Kristin Sarskas (pictured above with her son Parker and husband Ed) is a business owner, church member, wife, partner and foster parent. As if that’s not enough to juggle, she is heading up a toy collection for the annual SaintA Toy Drive, which is going on now through Nov. 30. KS Skin Therapy, located inside ... Continue →
  • Capitol West Academy Recognized for Character-Building Practices

    Capitol West Academy (CWA) is a public charter school on Milwaukee’s northwest side. In addition to being a National School of Character, they were recognized over the summer by Washington D.C.-based Character.org. The K4-8th grade school received Promising Practices recognition for the work they do to build character as well as academic accomplishments in students. The ... Continue →
  • Josh & Ross: A Story with Lots of “Likes”

    Foster Parent Facebook Group! Did you know there’s a Facebook group especially for SaintA Foster and Adoptive parents? If you’re licensed through SaintA*, you’re welcome to join us. *Must be currently licensed through SaintA for client privacy.How many of us can say a single social media post changed our lives? That’s exactly what happened for Ross Katzman, 56, of ... Continue →
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