Author Archives: Leah Harris

SaintA February/March 2021 Foster Parent Newsletter

(GrowHope.net) When it comes to providing care for foster kids in Wisconsin, our licensed parents are nothing short of exceptional. Here’s the newsletter for December 2020 / January 2021, which was recently sent to their inboxes.

Thank You to the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation

We would like to thank the Oprah Winfrey’s Charitable Foundation for their support in 2020.  They provided SaintA with a grant the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic that helped us deliver telehealth mental health services to 158 Milwaukeeans. The gift to SaintA to best support its clients was an extension of Ms. Winfrey’s ongoing relationship with the organization. In March of … Continue

SaintA October/November 2020 Foster Parent Newsletter

(GrowHope.net) When it comes to providing care for foster kids in Wisconsin, our licensed parents are nothing short of exceptional. Here’s the newsletter for October/November 2020, which was recently sent to their inboxes.

Diverse Suppliers and Providers Network Creates Bridge for Families to Resources

When a family becomes involved with the child welfare system, it can be difficult for them to connect with the resources they need to thrive. SaintA’s Diverse Suppliers and Providers Network acts as a bridge between our families and community resources so they can overcome barriers to success, like the lack of insurance or inaccessibility to resources.  Vice President of Child and Family Well-being Dwayne Marks and Director of Child Welfare … Continue

SaintA August/September 2020 Foster Parent Newsletter

(GrowHope.net) When it comes to providing care for foster kids in Wisconsin, our licensed parents are nothing short of exceptional. Here’s the newsletter for August/September 2020, which was recently sent to their inboxes.

Getting Ready for Fall in South Milwaukee Schools

The 2019-2020 school year wrapped up in the most unexpected way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fall, education will continue to look different and SaintA’s school-based therapists are adapting in order to provide students with the care they need – whether in-person, online or blended. Anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, and now isolation, are hurdles children will need help navigating. … Continue

As Mental Health Needs Increase, SaintA is there for Students

The need for mental health care for students has increased steadily in recent years. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services mental health dashboard, the number of children who received ongoing, high-intensity mental health services in 2019 was 36 percent higher than just five years earlier. The number who received short-term situational care was up 14 percent over the … Continue

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

Transforming Outcomes for Children, Families, and Community

Racine County Human Services Adopts Trauma Informed Perspective In 2017, Racine County had its highest number of children in out-of-home care (foster care, etc.). Case managers already couldn’t keep up with the workload, and early data from community Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) surveys and local home studies showed that there was significant trauma in children and families in Racine. Something … Continue

SaintA June/July Foster Parent Newsletter

(GrowHope.net) When it comes to providing care for foster kids in Wisconsin, our licensed parents are nothing short of exceptional. Here’s the June/July Newsletter recently sent to their in-boxes.

COVID-19 in the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community has been hit hard by COVID19. The virus has spread rapidly over the past few months, and does not seem to discriminate against who can fall victim. However, certain groups are more vulnerable than others. At one point, here in Milwaukee, African Americans were hit hardest by COVID-19 while cases in Latino neighborhoods also skyrocketed. The intersections … Continue

Gift from Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation Creates Healing Bridge

The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation has awarded SaintA a grant to provide telehealth mental health services to some Milwaukeeans hit hardest by COVID-19. The grant enables us to outfit 158 of our clients, who would not otherwise be able to access quality mental health care while Safer at Home, with devices and internet access for one year. “As we face … Continue

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