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  • SaintA Art Therapist Pursues Doctorate

    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 ...
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  • Shared Parenting: the Ins and Outs of Co-Parenting

    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 ...
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  • When Kids are in their Seats, but not Present

    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, ...
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  • Why Foster? The Need for Foster Care!

    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 ...
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  • Inside Every Failed Economy Lives Families in Distress

    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 ...
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  • An Intro to Foster Care: #FosterChat Recap

    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 ...
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  • Last Generation of Residential Says Goodbye

    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 ...
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  • New Twitter Chat Focused on Foster Care!

    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 ...
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  • Family Preservation Focuses on Early Intervention

    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 ...
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  • Reunification: The Lesser-Told Story of Foster Care

    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 ...
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  • Educate 2 Empower – Police & Citizens Together

    Two officers from the District 7 Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) recently presented a program called Educate 2 Empower at the SaintA campus on 89th and Capitol. It was a casual, yet powerful, workshop about the relationship between law enforcement and citizens. Officer JD Belongia and Officer Lawson Murrell were there representing the Office of Community Outreach ...
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  • Thank you, Corporate Sponsors!

    May 25, 2017 – Our annual sponsorship drive launched at the beginning of 2017. Instead of an event, we invited our corporate donors to participate in a “non-event.” This approach allows us to put 100% of donations directly to helping one of the most overlooked populations – young adults who have aged out of foster ...
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  • SaintA Honored to Contribute to “A Time to Heal”

    For over a year, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel economics reporter John Schmid dug into some of Milwaukee’s most pressing social issues through the lens of trauma, including poverty, crime, and unemployment. The result of his groundbreaking deep dive is a five-part series, “A Time to Heal,” produced through a fellowship funded by the Sheldon B. Lubar ...
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  • Crucial Conversations in the Community

    On Saturday, February 25, SaintA joined several local and state partners for a discussion entitled, “The Impact of Foster Care on the Black Community of Milwaukee,” hosted by the Community Brainstorming Conference. The conversation featured Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Secretary Eloise Anderson, along with the following panelists who work in Milwaukee’s child welfare system: ...
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  • Black History Shapes Our Work, Ourselves

    Q: What happens when you ask a diverse group to identify Black Americans who have been influential to them? A: A large display of civil rights pioneers; influential educators and social workers; inventors; musicians and radio DJs; poets and scholars; and even, black WWE stars. At least that’s what happened on Monday, February 27, when SaintA Child ...
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