Author Archives: Sonja Kania, Director of Family Services

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

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

Parent Cafes to Return This Fall for SaintA Families

“It was very empowering and supporting.” “I felt like some weight was lifted off me to hear that others have similar problems.” “I felt encouraged.” “I feel more aware of my children’s needs.” These are all statements from parents who attended a Parent Café of Greater Milwaukee two years ago that was presented in collaboration with the Milwaukee Child Welfare … Continue

Award Highlights Success of Interactive Therapy

SaintA and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin recently received an Agency Research Award from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for our collaboration with UWM on Project Connect. This research project helped foster children ages 3-6 with behavioral challenges and their caregivers develop behavior management techniques using what is called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). We … Continue

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