Author Archives: Penny Liddell, Family Preservation Supervisor

Reflecting on Vel Phillips and Her Many Firsts

As a young girl, I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Vel Phillips. My grandmother worked at the Vel Phillips YWCA, located on North Teutonia Avenue, just ½ block south of Capitol Drive. My Grandmother introduced Mrs. Vel Phillips as the first black female judge in Wisconsin. This was instrumental for me as a little girl who thought I wanted … Continue

A Story of Transitions, Families and Love

During my 16-year career in child welfare, I have seen a lot of transitions. I’m now a supervisor in SaintA’s Family Services, but I have had several different roles getting to this point. I was thinking recently how that reflects what the families we serve go through. Their whole experience with the child welfare system is a series of transitions. … Continue

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