Milwaukee, Wis. (7/16/13) — St. Aemilian-Lakeside recently received a $450,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Russell J. and Betty Jane Shaw Fund to integrate a trauma informed approach into child welfare at its subsidiary, Integrated Family Services.
The three-year grant engages the work of renowned experts in trauma informed care and adverse childhood experiences, Doctors Bruce Perry and Robert Anda respectively, and taps Dimitri Topitzes, an assistant professor in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to conduct the external research.
Over the next few months, the agency will finalize the design of the grant project and hire staff to implement it.
“We are really excited to have received this grant,” said Chief Clinical Officer Tim Grove. “It should allow us to do some remarkable work that will help us better serve children and families in the child welfare system.”
The agency steering committee for the grant includes President and CEO Teri Zywicki, Tim, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation Ann Leinfelder Grove, Quality Improvement Director Sara Daniel and Interim Vice President of Child Welfare Services Alison McMorrow.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a family of more than 1,100 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. Grants from these funds serve people throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington Counties and beyond. Started in 1915, the foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the world. The Shaws established their fund in 2000 to support medical research on childhood disease.