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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
“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 →
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 →
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 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 →
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 (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 →
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 →
In their first years of life, children are 100% dependent on their parents for safety and basic physical needs. But they also need help regulating their physiology, attention, behavior and emotions. If a child experiences adversity such as neglect, maltreatment or exposure to violence early in life, they are left with a gap in their ... Continue →
Milwaukee, Wis. – Capitol West Academy (CWA) has hired Mora Anderson, Ph.D., as Coordinator of Student & Family Services. Dr. Anderson brings 23 years of educational experience to CWA and is pleased to be back in an urban setting and at a K4-8th grade school.Mora Anderson, Ph.D., hired as Capitol West Academy’s new Coordinator of ... Continue →
Like most sisters, 2-year old Davina and her 7-year old sister Marla (not their real names), fight over whose turn it is to play on the iPad. “We go through phases with sharing,” explains Emily Kenney, their foster mom for the past year and a half. In that time, Emily has seen how important routine ... Continue →