News and Stories

News and Stories

  • Public Affairs Show Looks at Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

    SaintA President and CEO Teri Zywicki recently was interviewed by WWRS-TV for its community affairs show, Public Report. She discussed SaintA’s programs for young people who age out of foster care, and how the agency helps them to transition successfully to adulthood.To learn more, visit our Independent Living Services page. Continue→
  • An Admission Brings Forgiveness and Understanding

    A soft knock on office doors around SaintA last week was followed by a small boy with big dark eyes meekly entering. “My name is James. And I pulled the fire alarm,” he said. James, who is in SaintA’s Residential care program, was accompanied by his therapist, Chris Kangas, and therapist Intern Ashley Yungwirth. As they watched, James ... Continue→
  • Putting Son Into Child Welfare System Brings Success

    Anthony was a demanding infant, and he started seriously acting up when he was a year and a half. When he was 4, he was diagnosed with ADHD, oppositional/defiant disorder, conduct disorder and mood disorder. A month shy of his 8th birthday, his mother, Tiffany, filed a Child in Need of Protective Services order on her ... Continue→
  • A Lot of Love, and a Lot of Family Bring Success to Foster Kids

    Melvin Lee graduated from high school in 1993 and left for college. “When I came home for Christmas vacation, I had three brothers!” That’s when his mother, Vivian Lee, and her late husband began taking in foster children. “And it’s been a revolving door since then,” he said. Although Melvin, his ex-wife and his four children, his sister ... Continue→
  • View Photos From Rally for Kids on September 27

    Our event at the Harley-Davidson Museum® on September 27 was a success and lot of fun. Thank you to all who joined us and helped support our youths in Independent Living Services. Continue→
  • Active Parenting Turns the Tide

    When Patsy Reedy was asked to attend an Active Parenting Now class through SaintA’s Family Services, she was a bit insulted.Patsy Reedy“I thought, ‘I don’t need no parenting class!’ And this was like being back at school!” But then her case manager, Kimberly Moran, told her to just try it, that it might help her. “I thought, ... Continue→
  • Learning About Life, Family Through Orphan Records

    When Mike Kazmierski started working in maintenance at SaintA, he told his mother about his new job. “Oh, that’s where your grandfather was,” she answered, referring to the old St. Aemilian’s Orphan Asylum. Mike had known his grandfather was an orphan, but he never had many details. He thought this connection to his personal past ... Continue→
  • When the Need Arises, the Team Jumps

    Case workers on Maria Andrade’s team work hard and look forward to getting out of the office for an occasional team retreat. Such was the case recently, on a nice, sunny Friday.Laura HalonenEveryone was ready to go, and some staff already were on their way. Then Maria got word that an 8-year-old child had wandered ... Continue→
  • National Journal Features Story on SaintA Work With Infants, Moms

    Zero to Three, a national peer-reviewed academic journal, features a story in its July 2014 issue on SaintA’s work with the Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) program. PIWI seeks to promote better mother-child interaction, to enhance healthy brain development and break the cycle of abuse. Our Independent Living Services brought PIWI last year to a ... Continue→
  • Former Residential Client Remembers Time Here Fondly

    Frank Horton has done a lot since he left SaintA’s Residential program almost four years ago. After going to a foster home, the 19-year-old graduated from Richland Center High School in 2013. Then he went into WisCorps, a nonprofit organization that gives young people experience in conservation efforts on public land. He attended the University of ... Continue→
  • Mom Goes From Frustration to Family Harmony

    A simple thing like giving her children choices when they want a snack has gone a long way for Kayla Fleury. “It used to be, “You do what I say; I’m your mom!’ ” Kayla said. But through the help of SaintA case manager Krista Stauder and Kimberly Greenwald, a family engagement specialist, Kayla has learned ... Continue→
  • Special Drums to Fill Special Needs

    When Dennis Jensen saw his step-grandson, whom we’ll call Tim, drum in a SaintA Christmas program, he though he could do something to step things up a bit. Tim is in the Residential program and its Transitions Therapeutic School (TTS), and the performance was part of the performing arts work the boys do with Express Yourself ... Continue→
  • Creativity, Teamwork Key Tools for Case Manager

    Being an ongoing case manager requires flexibility, perseverance – and often a fair amount of teamwork. A recent case handled by Lilia Figueroa, a lead ongoing case manager at SaintA, illustrates this well. Lilia is 26 years old and has worked at SaintA for four years. She took this position right out of college and is ... Continue→
  • Determination and a Little Help Put Drugs in Past, Kids in Mom’s Life

    Katie Powers is only 32, but the roller-coaster life she has endured – and survived — has made her an older and wiser soul. She credits SaintA case worker Angie Hurd with literally saving her life and says that, if not for Angie, her outcome probably would have been much different.Katie Powers with Nadia and DerekKatie ... Continue→
  • Rally for Kids on September 27

    Rally for Kids is an event to benefit SaintA. Our annual event allows us to have fun while raising the funds needed to fulfill our mission and to keep SaintA programs available.Saturday, September 27, 2014 6-11 p.m. The Garage at theHarley-Davidson Museum® 400 W. Canal Street At the crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets Milwaukee, WI 53201Presenting sponsors:Become a Sponsor We ... Continue→
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