News and Stories

  • 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 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 →
  • Pilot Program Includes Foster Parents in Family Time

    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 →
  • Career Educator Brings Experience to Northwest Side

    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 →
  • When it Comes to Siblings, It’s all Relative

    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 →
  • Reunification Day Celebrates Families Being Whole Again

    On Thursday, June 30, dozens of local families gathered on the east lawn of SaintA at 89th and Capitol Drive. It was a true summertime celebration, complete with kids’ games, balloon animals, grilled foods, freshly popped popcorn, a drum line from Express Yourself MKE, a four-legged friend from the Wisconsin Humane Society, and so much ... Continue →
  • Young Foster Mom Is Wrapped in Family Support

    Courtney Chavez is a young social worker who has answered the call to care for vulnerable children both professionally and personally. “Because of my career, I saw the need and was already inclined to become a foster parent,” she says. “But at the same time, early on, when I was working as a child welfare ... Continue →
  • 25 Years of Growing Hope

    ”I still call them my ‘children,’” says SaintA foster parent Judy DeVries. Behind her, there’s a collage of photos of former foster kids comingled with snapshots of her family and grandkids. She rattles off names and shares snippets of stories about the kids she and her husband, Jim, have fostered over the years. Twenty-five years, to ... Continue →
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