Tag: Family Services

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

The Power of Relationship

“The most important property of humankind is the capacity to form and maintain relationships. These relationships are absolutely necessary for any of us to survive, learn, work, love and procreate. Human relationships take many forms but the most intense, most pleasurable and most painful are those relationships with family, friends and loved ones.” — Dr. Bruce Perry, Bonding and Attachment … Continue

Bringing Back Good, Old-Fashioned Family Fun

Family fun is an important part of building a strong family identity. When families have fun together, it builds a bond that can last a lifetime. Traditions are often developed in times of fun and it’s those traditions that define and individualize each family. Gina Branch However, with an ever-growing list of things to accomplish each day and technology often … Continue

The New SaintA Family Center

Visitation is a vital service for clients with children placed in out-of-home care. The SaintA Family Center helps provide a home-like environment for families during visit times. Our Family Center recently moved to our site at 8901 W. Capitol Drive, and now it feels more like home than ever. Rhiannon Campbell While the old center served the Family Engagement team … 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

New Foster Parent Steps Up to the Plate

I have been with SaintA since March 2015, facilitating family interactions between biological parents and their children. I also interact with foster parents, relatives and other family members on a consistent basis. My experience has led me to believe that foster parents have one of the most important jobs in the world in caring for children. I’d like to share … Continue

Parent Cafes to Return This Fall for SaintA Families

“It was very empowering and supporting.” “I felt like some weight was lifted off me to hear that others have similar problems.” “I felt encouraged.” “I feel more aware of my children’s needs.” These are all statements from parents who attended a Parent Café of Greater Milwaukee two years ago that was presented in collaboration with the Milwaukee Child Welfare … Continue

A Cousin’s Care Brings a World of Change to a Teenager

Renee Lard never wanted to have children of her own. She was always the one caring for family members, from a sister who was born with a form of cancer to members of her extended family. “I just always had a spirit of helping,” she said. That spirit was just what was needed when her 14-year-old cousin, who we’ll call … Continue

Consistency: A Hallmark of Practice at SaintA

Consistency is defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary as: always acting or behaving in the same way; of the same quality; continuing to happen or develop in the same way. Consistency for children, according to the University of Alabama’s Parenting Assistance Line website, means “that rules and expectations are the same from one time to another. Consistency makes the child’s … Continue

A Look at Family Services and Supervised Visitation Awareness

Although Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, which is May, is drawing to a close, its significance carries through all year long. The Supervised Visitation Network (SVN), an organization of over 500 visitation providers worldwide, adopted the Orange Ribbon Campaign in honor of supervised visitation in May of 2001. The ribbon is meant to raise awareness of the need and impact of … Continue

Specialists Help Open Parents’ Eyes, Foster Reunification

Family Engagement Specialist James Burrows sees his interactions with parents whose children have been removed from the home as almost like a chess match. “Every step I take is calculated, and there are so many variables in play, with the Bureau (of Milwaukee Child Welfare,) the courts, the system; but we just continue to work with the family to bring … Continue

Functional Family Therapy Turns a Family Around

When SaintA therapist Lindsay Price started working with a family, the 14-year-old boy had stolen a car, was getting into fights at school, threatening his 8-year-old sister, and being disrespectful to his mother and grandmother. By the end of five months working with Functional Family Therapy (FFT), things had dramatically improved. But getting there required a steady, step-by-step process — … Continue

New Family Therapy Program Bringing Results

What is the answer to the violence and crime that is going on in our city right now? I think that is the million-dollar question that many key figures in the community, various organizations, churches and concerned citizens are striving to answer. Our secretary of the Department of Children and Families, Eloise Anderson, did some research on the Functional Family … Continue

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