Tag: Independent Living Services

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, structure. Those are … 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 of our community … 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 become a mentor, coach … 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 heartbreaking when siblings are … 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 consider becoming a foster … 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 their own. Help correct … Continue

The Need for Foster Parents Is Great. The Rewards Are Greater.

There are 6,000 kids in out-of-home care in Wisconsin at any given time and 25% of them are teenagers. To bring awareness to the need for foster parents for children and youth of all ages, the SaintA Foster Care and Treatment Foster Care teams asked some former foster youth if they’d be willing to share their stories. And they did. … Continue

Support, Serious Advice Put Young Woman on Path to Future

Traci Singleton was in foster care since she was 4, in so many different homes she can’t remember how many. At various times, she stayed with relatives, ran away a lot, then lived in group homes and in transitional living. But education was always important to her. “I looked at education as a way out from an early age. I … Continue

Community Building Event Helps Young Adults

A youth in SaintA’s Independent Living Services program who attended a recent Community Building event came in on the Saturday of the two-day program looking like she was carrying the burden of the world. By the end of the day Sunday, she had a big, broad smile and she looked like she was floating on air. “I feel so much … Continue

Young Adults Learning to be Good Parents

This past fall, our Independent Living Services team hosted another round of Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) sessions. For those of you who have been following us since PIWI’s inception, this was our third class in the series. The sequential experience of facilitating the six-segment series has contributed to our expertise, and this most recent session was our most gratifying … Continue

A Little Encouragement Goes a Long Way

Sometimes all it takes is encouragement. Shlonda never had much. Then when case manager in SaintA’s Independent Living Services (ILS) program reached out to her, things started to change. Shlonda is 26 and has been with ILS, which helps former foster children achieve successful and independent adult lives, for five years. Her younger sister first became a participant in the … Continue

The ILS De-Stress

As the supervisor of SaintA’s Independent Living Services programming, I’ve often been asked, “Are you crazy?” The question arises following my explanation of what ILS is all about. I ponder the inquiry and respond, “a little bit crazy, yep.” I smile as I say this, acknowledging the sense of humor one must have to do this job. Those inquiring parents … Continue

Caring Program Turns Ed’s Life Around

Ed was in foster care since he was 2 years old. He bounced through 20 different homes and five different group homes. At age 20, he found SaintA’s Independent Living Services, and his life totally changed. For three years Ed has been a participant in the Supportive Permanent Housing program, which provides housing, the daily needs of life and case … Continue

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