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MILWAUKEE 53206: Equal Parts Grit & Heart

Over a cold and windy weekend, I recently stopped by Calvary Baptist Church on the near north side; not for worship, but another kind of enlightenment. Calvary’s outreach team was hosting a screening of MILWAUKEE 53206, a documentary about the most incarcerated zip code in the nation. According to the film, 62% of the men – the vast majority, African … Continue

Co-Parenting: Good for Kids and Parents

Care for Birth Parents as Well as ChildrenThe Sieglaffs have a knack for working with biological families. SaintA licensing staff and case managers play a role too.To learn about case management careeer opportunities with SaintA, go to our Case Manager Job Listing.To become a foster parent, visit GrowHope.net.Foster parents Nicole and Brittany Sieglaff currently have their hands full with 10-month … Continue

Amid a Lot of Unknowns, Stability for One Foster Boy

Want to Learn More About Stability for Foster Kids?Antuan’s team consists of case managers, licensing and placement specialists and of course, his foster family.To learn about case management careeer opportunities with SaintA, go to our Case Manager Job Listing.To become a foster parent, visit GrowHope.net.Throughout the month of May, we are publishing blog posts from SaintA staff who know our … Continue

Foster Mom of Siblings Replaces Fear with Safety

Want to help kids stay safe?To learn about case management careeer opportunities with SaintA, go to our Case Manager Job Listing.To become a foster parent, visit GrowHope.net.People often wonder what makes a good foster parent and the answers can be complex. Hours of training, extreme commitment, and a good sense of humor are all must-haves. Foster parents attend training in … Continue

Caregiver Capacity and New Year’s Resolutions

Chances are pretty good that you made a resolution this year – in fact about half of all Americans make a New Year’s resolution each year, and most are around wellness. We collectively resolve to make a change to eat healthier, exercise more, drink less or spend more quality time with loved ones. Maybe you’re even more ambitious and you … Continue

Community Engagement at the Street Level

Partnerships are some of the best Community Outreach tools we have. Currently, SaintA partners with Milwaukee Police Department District 7 and a number of faith-based organizations on a pretty regular basis.One program is Adopt-A-Block, where we go into a neighborhood and pick up garbage that’s blown around and remove snow and ice if needed in the winter. A group of … Continue

NMT Info Sharing, From Scotland to SaintA

This past fall, SaintA welcomed a visitor from Scotland. Dan Anderson, Senior Forensic Psychologist of Kibble Education and Care Centre, spent two days with us. During our conversations, Dan and I realized Kibble and SaintA have a host of similarities: Kibble was founded in 1840 upon the death of philanthropist Elizabeth Kibble who left a portion of her estate to establish … Continue

On Giving Tuesday, Give our Clients a Future

If you’re like me, your inbox and social channels have been inundated today with appeals from various non-profits. I love the concept of Giving Tuesday because it puts worthwhile causes in front of us that we may not have otherwise known about. Here at SaintA, we have one of those lesser-known causes with our Independent Living Services (ILS) program.A recent … Continue

ABC-V is now “Fostering Relationships”

We recently told our foster parents about ABC-V, an innovative approach that allows foster parents to provide real-time coaching to bio families by being present during Family Time interactions.Thus far, nine SaintA caregivers have been trained in the ABC-V intervention model and are interested in joining this pilot once the time is right. Children placed in their home need to … Continue

What Caregiver Capacity Means to Me

As a social worker, the idea of Caregiver Capacity is not something new to me; self-care was discussed consistently throughout my formal education. Yet, coming to SaintA and hearing about Caregiver Capacity from the lens of being trauma-informed has profoundly impacted my understanding of the importance of this ingredient in my day-to-day practices. I think many of us would agree … 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

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