News and Stories

  • 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 →
  • Responding to Urban Trauma in Real Time

    With Hendriel Anderson, Mobile Urgent Treatment Team Last month, SaintA and the City of Milwaukee co-hosted a conversation about childhood adversity and its impact on our urban communities. Several local adversity and trauma informed care experts gave a panel response after the keynote address, “Childhood Stress and Urban Poverty: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on ... Continue →
  • Foster Parents Curb the Chaos, Provide Structure for Kids

    When we asked several youth from SaintA’s Independent Living Services what makes a good foster parent, some of the answers surprised us. In addition to being loving, caring and supportive, find out what makes a good foster parent. Watch the video, featuring our ILS youth in their own words, below.Passion. Determination. And believe it or not, ... Continue →
  • SaintA Foster Parents Recognized for Exceptional Care

    Thomas and Lillian Rivera, SaintA licensed foster parents, received a Governor’s Foster Parent Award on May 2 at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. The award was presented by Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, Eloise Anderson and Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker. The Riveras were one of six families to receive this annual ... Continue →
  • Unconditional Love Is Critical to Foster Kids’ Futures

    We asked several youth from SaintA’s Independent Living Services to reflect on what it feels like to hope for, have, and occasionally be surprised by, unconditional love. Now young adults, many are going to school, to work and into parenthood themselves. And they all demonstrate what happens when resilient children grow into persevering adults. Watch the future ... Continue →
  • What Happens When Bio and Foster Parents Work Together?

    In the video below, former foster kids talk about how stress on the child can be eased when they see their bio and foster parents working together. What’s more, when bio and foster parents work together to nurture the child, permanency can usually be achieved more quickly. When you become a foster parent, you can also ... Continue →
  • Understanding Urban ACES Is Critical to Milwaukee

    “This is not a theoretical issue for the city,” Mayor Tom Barrett said in opening a SaintA- co-sponsored seminar April 12 on trauma, poverty and the links to health and violence. “This is about as real as it gets.”Mayor Tom Barrett addressing the panel and audience“Childhood Adversity & Poverty: Creating a Collaborative Response,” co-sponsored by ... Continue →
  • Siblings Belong Together

    When children are removed from their homes due to unsafe circumstances, the first thing they need is some sense of normalcy. Our ability to keep siblings together in a foster care placement provides at least a little bit of that. As some of our former foster youth tell us in the video below, it can be ... Continue →
  • Teens in Foster Care Are Kids, Too

    Did you know 25% of kids in out-of-home care in Wisconsin are teens? Watch as these SaintA Independent Living Services clients (all of whom are former foster kids), talk about why older youth need just as much care, guidance and love as younger children. And in some ways, may need more.Teens are kids, too. Please ... Continue →
  • Residential Program Creates “SaintA’s Family Song”

    A few weeks ago, we told you about a music- and relationship-building program in SaintA Residential. You can read that story, Mobile Beat Lab Brings More Than Music to Residential here.The six-week program culminated this week in a number of finished recordings, which were burned onto CDs and given to the Residential (Res) boys to ... Continue →
  • Former Foster Youth Speaks Out Against the Stigma

    Daniel, a SaintA Independent Living Services client, sheds light on one of the most common misconceptions about kids in foster care. In the video below, Daniel suggests that putting the stigma-evoking adjective “foster” in front of the word “kid” isn’t fair to the children and youth who are in the system, due to no fault of ... Continue →
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