Tag: Child Welfare

Reunification Day Celebrates Families Being Whole Again

On June 30, 2016, 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 more. Most importantly, it was … Continue

When Adversity Is Prevalent, Understanding Is Key

To begin to meet the needs of those we work with, we need to first appreciate how often those in our community have been exposed to trauma. One study that helps us understand the prevalence of adverse experiences is the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, originally conducted in San Diego, California and replicated in nearly every state, including Wisconsin. Prevalence: … Continue

A Partnership Leads to Permanency

In the book, “The Theory and Practice of Change Management,” by John Hayes, the stages of the Helping Relationship are listed as the following; Developing the helping relationship, helping clients understand the problem situation, helping clients identify a preferred scenario and establish change goals, helping clients plan and take action, consolidating the change, and withdrawing from the helping relationship. In … Continue

Helping Children in Crisis Move in a Trauma-Sensitive Way

For many individuals who work in child welfare, moving children from a home, especially due to an emergency, can be emotional. I remember when I was working as a case manager the way that my heart would race before needing to move a child. I remember packing up clothes and toys, almost at random, and the way my heart would … Continue

Occupational Therapy Is All About Wellness

“Wellness is not just the absence of illness. It’s living your best life despite whatever is going on in your life.” So says Claudia Meyer, SaintA’s new occupational therapist. With decades of experience serving all kinds of individuals of all ages and situations, she says O.T. is a holistic practice that looks at a whole person and their environment, providing … Continue

What We Know, and What the Court System Is Learning

Mary Triggiano, the presiding judge of Milwaukee County Children’s Court opened a three-day conference last week on moving toward a trauma-informed child welfare and court system by saying: Linda Steiner “Trauma informed care is not a natural fit for judges, but the justice system needs to know about this science. We can’t continue to do business as usual; it’s simply … Continue

Tablets Greatly Improve Caseworkers’ Efficiency

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.” — Bill Gates Within the last year, a significant development has been made in the technology used by the child welfare program here at SaintA. The leadership team had spent (and continues to spend) countless hours researching and … Continue

Kids Boost Resiliency, Coping Skills Through Fun

On the recent concluding evening of Terrific Tuesdays, the eight children ages 6-12 from SaintA foster homes got involved in pure fun. They played musical chairs and danced joyfully and vigorously to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” But there was a very serious element to the evening when the children were given certificates for completing the 10-week program. As their names were … Continue

From Romanian Orphan to Helper of Traumatized Kids

Kathryn (Kat) Dinkelacker, an Ongoing Case Manager at SaintA, spent two and a half years in a Romanian orphanage. The horrible conditions and deprivation she suffered as a very young child became the basis for her life’s goal: to help other children who have experienced trauma. “I don’t think people take into consideration the effects of trauma,” she said, while … Continue

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