(From WISN TV) Adrienne Pedersen spoke to a Milwaukee youth about race and trauma prior to a three-day conference on Healing Trauma.
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(From TMJ4 Positively Milwaukee) Carole Meekins spent time at the Healing Trauma Conference sponsored by Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM).
(From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) On the eve of last month’s Healing Trauma Conference, a local writer asked: Can Milwaukee be the most trauma-informed city in the country?
From a recorded welcome by Oprah Winfrey to input from a variety of local and nationally recognized experts, 1,400 people came together at the city’s new Fiserv Forum Wednesday evening Sept. 26 to learn how to do their part to heal Milwaukee.A Community Gathering on Race and Trauma was hosted by SaintA and sponsored by Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee, SWIM, … Continue →
With sold-out attendance on both days, the Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities conference Sept. 27 and 28 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee tackled questions of how to understand trauma and its effects and how to create and maintain healthy communities. The conference was hosted by SaintA and sponsored by SWIM, Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee, a multi-disciplinary group dedicated to inspiring … Continue →
Posted on July 6, 2017 in Blog, Foster Care and Adoption
Youth Transitioning to Adulthood (YTA) client, Josh, is 19 years old and has recently come out to his friends and family as gay. As a wrap-up to Pride Month, I sat down with Josh and his case manager, Keaira Bonner, to talk about what it’s been like for Josh to celebrate pride by coming out. “I came out to Keaira … Continue →
Posted on May 18, 2017 in Blog
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 →
Posted on November 29, 2016 in Blog
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 →
Posted on November 14, 2016 in Blog
Several months ago, I shared this blog post, “ACEs, TIC and 7ei, Oh My!” with you. Today, I’m reflecting on how much I have learned about human services, child welfare (and myself) since starting at SaintA a year ago this month.I’ve interviewed foster parents who are just starting their caregiving journeys, those who have been licensed for a quarter of … Continue →
Like most sisters, 2-year old Davina and her 7-year old sister Marla (not their real names), fight over whose turn it is to play on the iPad. “We go through phases with sharing,” explains Emily Kenney, their foster mom for the past year and a half. In that time, Emily has seen how important routine is to the girls, even … Continue →
On June 30, 2016, dozens of local families gathered on the east lawn of SaintA at 89th and Capitol Drive. It was a true summertime celebration, complete with kids’ games, balloon animals, grilled foods, freshly popped popcorn, a drum line from Express Yourself MKE, a four-legged friend from the Wisconsin Humane Society, and so much more. Most importantly, it was … Continue →
Posted on May 12, 2016 in Trauma Informed Care
Child welfare is definitely one of those professions filled with acronyms. OHC for out-of-home care, TFC for treatment foster care and my favorite, WiSACWIS (Wisconsin Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System.) Say that five times fast. Having been here for only about 6 months, there’s still a lot to learn. However, there are a handful of acronyms I’ve gotten to … Continue →