Yearly Archives: 2015

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

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

The Impact We Make

Oftentimes, we go through our lives believing that the decisions we make, the actions we take and the beliefs we have – because they serve our own personal best interests – are independent of others’ trajectory through life’s processes. Other times, we purposefully choose to get involved, to help those we feel may not be as blessed as we are … 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

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

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

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