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Mental Health Support for Foster Youth: #FosterChat Recap

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families and special guest expert, Dr. King through Rogers Behavioral Health. July’s topic was on LGBTQ+ Foster Youth. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 100,000 potential impressions, reaching 13,073 people. If you … Continue

SaintA LGBTQ Affinity Group

As part of its inclusivity work, the SaintA Equity Council is proud to sponsor the LGBTQ Affinity Group. The group was founded by Monika Walbergh, Child Welfare Case Manager; Misty Knuteson, Family Preservation Specialist; Thomas Ecks, Community Engagement Specialist; Jenny Keefe, Family Preservation Program Manager; and Sarah Morschauser, Child Welfare Case Manager. The group provides its members and agency colleagues … Continue

In the United States, Let’s Choose the Children

The images of despair at our southern border have been difficult to watch, and even harder to comprehend. We are encouraged by yesterday’s Executive Order stating that family unity is an imperative along with border security, but remain concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the children. As a 168-year-old human services organization whose vision is for every child and … Continue

LGBTQ+ Foster Youth: #FosterChat Recap

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. June’s topic was on LGBTQ+ Foster Youth. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 150,000 potential impressions, reaching 5,183 people. If you missed this month’s #FosterChat, you can join us next month … Continue

National Nonprofit Leader and Innovator Joins SaintA as Vice President of Strategy, Innovation

SaintA has announced that Polina Makievsky will join the national leader in trauma-informed care on June 18 as Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. Makievsky presently serves as Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Leadership and Innovation for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. SaintA has 10 years of experience in the implementation of its trauma-informed model of care and … Continue

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: #FosterChat Recap

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families and Courage MKE. May’s topic was on Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had nearly 215,000 potential impressions, reaching 38,529 people. If you missed this month’s #FosterChat, you can … Continue

Trauma Informed Care Discussed Internationally

On April 5, SaintA participated in an international discussion about the importance of trauma-informed care. Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker hosted a Norwegian government Delegation of about twenty individuals interested in learning more about trauma response and how to best intervene. SaintA participated in the breakfast at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, along with a number of Wisconsin-based non-profits concerned … Continue

How One Screening Changed A Life

Skyilar, age 20, was a high school senior when they first learned about something called an ACE screening. It’s a series of questions about adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs). It doesn’t take long to complete and it’s relatively easy to find online (we like this one from NPR if you’re new to the idea; also available at the bottom of … Continue

Engaging with Educators: #FosterChat Recap

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. April’s topic was on engaging with educators in foster care. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 400,000 potential impressions, reaching 17,756 people. If you missed this month’s #FosterChat, you can join … Continue

Aspiring and Inspiring: Women of Color Launch New Group

On March 1, SaintA launched a new Affinity Group called Aspiring Women of Color (AWOC). The group is led by Child Welfare Supervisor Jovan Goodman and a core group, including Lilia Figueroa and Antoinette Davis, Child Welfare Supervisors; and Gina Branch, Youth Program Manager. Kenyatta Sinclair, Chief Equity and Human Capital Officer, was also instrumental in launching the group. In … Continue

Expanded Youth Services Open House

The SaintA Youth Transitioning to Adulthood (YTA) Program has expanded its services and moved its offices to the south side of SaintA’s main campus on Capitol Drive and 88th Street. On March 15, staff held an Open House for colleagues and community partners. In attendance were numerous SaintA staff, representing child welfare, clinical training, human resources and family services. Also … Continue

Coping with Grief and Loss – #FosterChat Recap

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families and Kyle’s Korner. March’s topic was on coping with grief and loss in foster care. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 400,000 potential impressions, reaching 15,559 people. If you missed this … Continue

Healing the ‘Hole in the Soul’

What does it take to improve a city’s economic plight? To curb its violence? Or to bring the crime rate down and graduation rates up? There’s a good chance the answer will depend on the experiences and expertise of the person you’re asking. However, there is now one, highly influential, voice to help unify our thinking about the underlying cause … Continue

SaintA CEO’s Journey Began as Part-Time Endeavor

Ann Leinfelder Grove has been named President and CEO of SaintA, after having served as Interim CEO since January 1, 2018. However, her commitment to helping SaintA clients thrive began much earlier. Nearly Three Decades of Service In 1990, Ann began working at the organization, then called St. Aemilian-Lakeside, as a part-time Manager of Volunteer Services. In true Ann fashion, … Continue

SaintA Hires Chief Program Officer, Expands Behavioral Health Expertise

SaintA has hired Jody Pahlavan, Psy.D. as Chief Program Officer for Community Services. This newly developed position is responsible for oversight of – and innovation within – all community programs, such as Treatment Foster Care, Integrated Community Services, Care Coordination, Functional Family Therapy, and Youth Transitioning to Adulthood Services. Pahlavan previously served as the Executive Director of Clinical Programming at … Continue

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