Author Archives: Elizabeth McLaren

Connection over Perfection: Creating a Trauma Sensitive School in Beloit, WI

Students Seemed Happy Brice Gustafson has always worked hard to make his third-grade classroom a safe place where kids can learn. “My classroom always had a community circle, and the focus was always on the whole child,” says Gustafson. “Students seemed happy, and parent requests for my room were always heavy.” So, when Gustafson’s school principal emailed him about a … Continue

Train the Trainer, Transform a School: A Case Study of the Vel R. Phillips School

The Vel R. Phillips School is unlike any other school. As a part of the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, its students are placed in secure detention. Many are awaiting court decisions that could severely impact their lives. Roughly half of the student population has a learning or behavioral disability. Most are only there temporarily, and students attend classes … Continue

Number of Children Placed in Out-of-Home Care Decreasing

(From The Journal Times) The current number of children placed in out-of-home care daily is 209. Racine County officials credit work to create several different initiatives during those difficult days of 2017 as leading to such a decrease.

SaintA Receives Ideas to Action Award

(From On the Table MKE) SaintA received $2,000 to support an event focused on bringing awareness to the barriers young adults face when they age out of foster care, such as acquiring housing and employment. The event will include a simulation and panel of youth who have aged out of foster care and will invite and engage the community, individuals, … Continue

SaintA’s New VP of Educational Services

(From Milwaukee Business Journal) Sara Daniel has been promoted to Vice President of Educational Services at SaintA. In this role, she oversees strategic direction for Capitol West Academy, SaintA’s K4-8 public charter school.

Women aged out of foster care inspire others

(From TMJ4) Life can be traumatic for a child aging out of foster care. In Wisconsin the age is 18. Often teens are sent into the world with nothing, but an effort is underway to prevent that.

Celebrating Cathy’s Collection: 1 Year Later

(From GrowHope) Cathy invested 20 years of her life to children by fostering more than 70 youth and adopting six kids of her own. After she passed away, we opened Cathy’s Collection.

SaintA adds VP of Fund Development

(From Biz Times Milwaukee) SaintA recently hired Starlet Hayes as Vice President of Fund Development. With 25 years of fundraising experience, Hayes will manage funding opportunities and spread the mission of SaintA.

Q&A: Not Enough Apologies

(From Wisconsin Public Television) An interview with Frederica Freyberg, producer of Not Enough Apologies, a Wisconsin Public Television documentary exploring the epidemic of childhood trauma and local efforts to respond to it.

Trauma Informed Care in Wisconsin

(From WisContext) Many Wisconsinites have experienced traumas in childhood, but their effects are not universal, nor are their burdens evenly distributed among the state’s different communities. This series explores trauma in the state of Wisconsin. 

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