The Family Services Department provides a variety of therapeutic and supportive in-home services to families in the Greater Milwaukee Area and other surrounding counties. Community Partners Include:
- The Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services
- Delinquency and Court Services Division-Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- Waukesha County Health and Human Services
SaintA’s suite of family services consists of five programs: Family Preservation, Caregiver Support, Functional Family Therapy, Parent Assistance & Advocacy, and Community Outreach as outlined below.
Family Preservation Program
Program goals are family preservation, promoting well-being, strengthening family relationships and keeping families together safely. Participation can help families reunify more smoothly through parent skill development and education. Services include:
- Supervised parent/child interactions
- Specialized in-home family interaction sessions
- Trauma informed care interventions
- Problem solving and conflict resolution
- Transition planning
- Family advocacy and reunification planning
Additional services may include:
- Mentoring, support and development of parenting and home-management skills
- Coaching family interactions/short-term therapeutic visitation supervision before reunification
- Prevention and stabilization of crises
- School advocacy
- Linking families to ongoing community supports
Caregiver Support Program (Primarily through Waukesha HHS)
Foster parents and relative caregivers of children in court-ordered placements learn how to better meet children’s needs. In-home services increase placement stability, facilitate permanence and help ensure that children are free from abuse, neglect and marginal care. Participants learn about the child welfare system, their roles and how to overcome reunification and adoption barriers. Program highlights include:
- Assessment of caregivers’ emotional capacity, mental health needs
- Intense focus on placement stabilization and disruption prevention
- Trauma-sensitive approaches providing individualized parent training and support
- Focus on increasing cooperation between biological parents and relative and non-related caregivers
Functional Family Therapy Program
In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and with FFT LLC, SaintA provides an evidence-based family therapy model called Functional Family Therapy (FFT). This intervention program is for at-risk youth ages 11-18 and their parents and siblings. It builds on family strengths to manage a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. FFT helps adolescents and their families overcome concerns ranging from risky behaviors and missed curfews to drug and alcohol use, anger and legal issues.
Participation in the FFT program helps create better family relationships, increases trust, and prevents involvement in the juvenile and legal system. Families receive services at least one to two hours per week for about five months. Therapists coordinate with other service supports involved with the family, such as social workers, school staff, juvenile human services workers and the police department.
Parent Assistant and Advocacy Program
SaintA provides one-on-one parenting education services to families involved with Milwaukee County Delinquency and Court Services (DCSD), as well as surrounding communities in Southeastern Wisconsin. Sessions may take place in the home, in the community or at SaintA, based on the needs of each individual family.
Staff are trained in three unique, age-specific curriculums through Active Parenting Publisher. The programs are on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, which is part of the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Community Outreach Team
The Community Outreach team provides SaintA and Capitol West Academy families with community resources that lead to strong, stable lives. Research and experience have proven that when a family has all its basic needs met, they are better able to thrive as a family and individually.
Community Outreach focus areas include: Caring Connections, Education, Employment, Health and Housing. We call these basic needs the 5 Pillars of Family Stability and are happy to provide families with useful resources for any one – or all- of the pillars.
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