A group of SaintA staff recently took the time to gather around conference room tables for refreshments and conversation. It wasn’t a baby shower, retirement party, or any of the other common reasons for a cross-section of staff to get together.
Instead of small talk, the room was abuzz with bold ideas and voices that matter.
The ... Continue →
On Friday, November 10, SaintA celebrated Milwaukee Adoption Day, along with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services, Coalition for Children Youth and Families, and the District Attorney’s Office.
The Honorable Judge M. Joseph Donald led a 30-minute program addressing the 19 adoptive and extended families, case managers and others who ... Continue →
In the spirit of community connections, our Community Outreach Specialists pulled together a list of free Thanksgiving meal programs in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Rock, Waukesha, and Washington counties. Please note: some sites are serving on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 23, 2017), while other sites are serving the day before on Wednesday, November 22.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY St. Augustine of ... Continue →
SaintA was recently named a finalist in the Collaboration category of the BizTimes Media Nonprofit Excellence Awards, an annual celebration of local charitable organizations and corporate citizens.
The recognition was earned for SaintA’s leadership in the creation and launch of a smartphone app, called GRiD MKE, aimed at providing guidance and useful resources for youth who ... Continue →
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 we hosted our fourth #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. We ventured into navigating the holidays within foster care. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 80,000 potential impressions, reaching 13,432 people.
Thank you to everyone that ... Continue →
Melanie Heindl looks more like a free-spirited artist than a doctoral candidate. But, as it turns out, she’s both.
Heindl is a licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist within SaintA Family Services; she is also an Art Therapy Doctoral student at Mount Mary University. She started the professional doctoral program as a member of its ... Continue →
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 we hosted our third #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. We explored the ins and outs of co-parenting within foster care. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had nearly 60,000 potential impressions, reaching 5,859 people.
Thank you to ... Continue →
With early start times, the pressure to get good grades and the desire to fit in, no wonder some students have a hard time excelling. There are countless school-day realities ranging from bullying to disruptive behavior that can commonly distract from lesson plans.
But what about the student who seems unbothered by all of the above, ... Continue →
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @SaintAorg hosted our second #FosterChat on Twitter in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. We looked into the need for foster care and why you should foster. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 100,000 potential impressions, reaching 5,894 people.
Thank you ... Continue →
The name of the series was “A Time to Heal,” which may not be a title you would expect for a five-part, extensively researched, year-in-the-making story about the economic plight of a city.
According to Journal Sentinel economics writer John Schmid, his editors gave this notable series that title in order to acknowledge Milwaukee’s generational, financial ... Continue →
On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 @SaintAorg hosted our first #FosterChat on Twitter in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. The first topic was focused on an Intro to Foster Care, utilizing frequently asked questions that we’re asked regularly. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 100,000 ... Continue →
On Friday, June 23, 2017, a very special group of staff and clients gathered outside SaintA’s Capitol Drive location. They were there, on the west side of the building, adjacent to the Residential Treatment facility, to attempt to freeze a moment in time.
That moment is the end of the Residential (Res) program, which is closing ... Continue →
To help promote awareness of Foster Care and to provide an open forum for current and potentially future foster parents, SaintA is partnering with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families to host a monthly Twitter Chat called #FosterChat. This Twitter Chat will be open to the public and hosted from our @SaintAorg Twitter account ... Continue →
What would you say to someone who, minutes before your first meeting, had just been told by a judge that their children were to go into the temporary physical custody of someone else?
Would you let them know that your role is to support them? Or would you simply give them the time and space to ... Continue →
For those not involved in child welfare, it’s a little-known fact that reunification is the goal of foster care whenever possible.
About half of all Wisconsin kids in out-of-home care permanently go back to their biological families. That’s in keeping with the national reunification average, which hovers around 50%*.
June is Reunification Month and a time to ... Continue →