News and Stories

  • 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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  • Family Therapy Aims to Keep Youth Out of Legal System

    In 2014, SaintA became a provider of a highly specialized family therapy called Functional Family Therapy (FFT). SaintA provides this service in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and has seen positive results for at-risk youth and their siblings. DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson, along with Police Chief Edward Flynn, chose the FFT ...
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  • Support for Former Foster Youth? There’s an App for That

    Youth who have aged out of foster care have a new tool to help them navigate the critical resources they need to transition successfully into adulthood. A new phone app, called GRiD MKE, officially launched Feb. 2, 2017. The app was made possible by a technology grant from the Tellier Foundation and contains hundreds of resources ...
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  • From Homeless to Hopeful

    If you met SaintA Independent Living Services (ILS) client Malcolm (23) today, you would never guess he spent the better part of two years in shelters. He is clean cut, well dressed, has a contagious laugh – and, despite difficulties in his past, has plenty to smile about. His journey from homeless to hopeful began after ...
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  • Candy Cane Connection: Holiday Fun!

    In early December, about 300 foster kids, parents and other family members convened in Milwaukee’s Third Ward for SaintA’s Annual Candy Cane Connection. For a time, the Italian Conference Center was transformed into a wonderland. There was jewelry making, Grebe’s Bakery cookie decorating, singing, dancing and more! Santa was available for photos and most importantly, ...
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  • The Gift of Family

    Earlier this week, one set of Wisconsin siblings got the best Christmas gift they could ever imagine. That’s when their foster parents, Chris and Wendy Attoe of Chippewa Falls, officially adopted Trysten (13) and Infinity (6), nicknamed “Finny.” A group of family members and social workers-turned friends gathered at Chippewa Falls Family Court to witness ...
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  • SaintA Clients Receive Outstanding Adoptive Parents Award

    On Tues., Nov. 22, SaintA foster/adoptive parents Scot and Mya Yohr were presented with a Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parents Award in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capital. They were in good company with five other Wisconsin families being recognized during Adoption Awareness Month. The Yohrs have adopted 3 children and had been licensed foster parents ...
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  • Triad of Techniques Lessens Holds, Improves Care for Outbursts

    “This made me feel like I have a lot of power, where I can pick where I want to go.” So said a boy in one of SaintA’s Residential Treatment units about how things have changed in recent months. The boy, who we’ll call David, used to cut himself and attack staff. He has a history ...
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  • An Adoption with Class (Literally)

    On Monday, August 29, 10-year-old Abby, a student at Milwaukee’s St. Coletta Day School, was adopted by her foster mom Ann Novotny. Because of her close-knit school community, Abby’s classmates spent what was supposed to be their first day of this academic year at Children’s Court, witnessing her adoption, instead. Afterwards, Abby, her forever family and ...
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  • Sensory Processing Disorders & the “Just Right” Zone

    As kids, we learn about our five senses: hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste. These sensations are how we regulate and interact with the world around us. Though it seems pretty straightforward, the sensory system is actually quite complex, especially if a child has a sensory processing disorder (SPD), which could be related to learning ...
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  • SaintA Insights included in Harvard Paper on Child Development

    SaintA was recently asked to review a paper entitled “Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems” published by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Teri Zywicki, CEO; Ann Leinfelder Grove, Executive Vice President; and Denise Pilz, Vice President of Programs all offered feedback to lead author Steven D. Cohen, ...
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  • Capitol West Academy Recognized for Character-Building Practices

    Capitol West Academy (CWA) is a public charter school on Milwaukee’s northwest side. In addition to being a National School of Character, they were recognized over the summer by Washington D.C.-based Character.org. The K4-8th grade school received Promising Practices recognition for the work they do to build character as well as academic accomplishments in students. The ...
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  • Josh & Ross: A Story with Lots of “Likes”

    Foster Parent Facebook Group! Did you know there’s a Facebook group especially for SaintA Foster and Adoptive parents? If you’re licensed through SaintA*, you’re welcome to join us. *Must be currently licensed through SaintA for client privacy. How many of us can say a single social media post changed our lives? That’s exactly what happened for Ross Katzman, 56, of ...
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  • Pilot Program Includes Foster Parents in Family Time

    In their first years of life, children are 100% dependent on their parents for safety and basic physical needs. But they also need help regulating their physiology, attention, behavior and emotions. If a child experiences adversity such as neglect, maltreatment or exposure to violence early in life, they are left with a gap in their ...
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  • Career Educator Brings Experience to Northwest Side

    Milwaukee, Wis. – Capitol West Academy (CWA) has hired Mora Anderson, Ph.D., as Coordinator of Student & Family Services. Dr. Anderson brings 23 years of educational experience to CWA and is pleased to be back in an urban setting and at a K4-8th grade school. Mora Anderson, Ph.D., hired as Capitol West Academy’s new Coordinator of ...
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