On June 30, 2016, dozens of local families gathered on the east lawn of SaintA at 89th and Capitol Drive. It was a true summertime celebration, complete with kids’ games, balloon animals, grilled foods, freshly popped popcorn, a drum line from Express Yourself MKE, a four-legged friend from the Wisconsin Humane Society, and so much ... Continue →
Courtney Chavez is a young social worker who has answered the call to care for vulnerable children both professionally and personally. “Because of my career, I saw the need and was already inclined to become a foster parent,” she says. “But at the same time, early on, when I was working as a child welfare ... Continue →
”I still call them my ‘children,’” says SaintA foster parent Judy DeVries.
Behind her, there’s a collage of photos of former foster kids comingled with snapshots of her family and grandkids. She rattles off names and shares snippets of stories about the kids she and her husband, Jim, have fostered over the years. Twenty-five years, to ... Continue →
With Hendriel Anderson, Mobile Urgent Treatment Team
Last month, SaintA and the City of Milwaukee co-hosted a conversation about childhood adversity and its impact on our urban communities. Several local adversity and trauma informed care experts gave a panel response after the keynote address, “Childhood Stress and Urban Poverty: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on ... Continue →
When we asked several youth from SaintA’s Independent Living Services what makes a good foster parent, some of the answers surprised us. In addition to being loving, caring and supportive, find out what makes a good foster parent.
Watch the video, featuring our ILS youth in their own words, below. Passion. Determination. And believe it or not, ... Continue →
Thomas and Lillian Rivera, SaintA licensed foster parents, received a Governor’s Foster Parent Award on May 2 at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. The award was presented by Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, Eloise Anderson and Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker.
The Riveras were one of six families to receive this annual ... Continue →
We asked several youth from SaintA’s Independent Living Services to reflect on what it feels like to hope for, have, and occasionally be surprised by, unconditional love.
Now young adults, many are going to school, to work and into parenthood themselves. And they all demonstrate what happens when resilient children grow into persevering adults.
Watch the future ... Continue →
In the video below, former foster kids talk about how stress on the child can be eased when they see their bio and foster parents working together. What’s more, when bio and foster parents work together to nurture the child, permanency can usually be achieved more quickly.
When you become a foster parent, you can also ... Continue →
“This is not a theoretical issue for the city,” Mayor Tom Barrett said in opening a SaintA- co-sponsored seminar April 12 on trauma, poverty and the links to health and violence. “This is about as real as it gets.” Mayor Tom Barrett addressing the panel and audience “Childhood Adversity & Poverty: Creating a Collaborative Response,” co-sponsored by ... Continue →
When children are removed from their homes due to unsafe circumstances, the first thing they need is some sense of normalcy. Our ability to keep siblings together in a foster care placement provides at least a little bit of that.
As some of our former foster youth tell us in the video below, it can be ... Continue →
Did you know 25% of kids in out-of-home care in Wisconsin are teens?
Watch as these SaintA Independent Living Services clients (all of whom are former foster kids), talk about why older youth need just as much care, guidance and love as younger children. And in some ways, may need more. Teens are kids, too. Please ... Continue →
A few weeks ago, we told you about a music- and relationship-building program in SaintA Residential. You can read that story, Mobile Beat Lab Brings More Than Music to Residential here. The six-week program culminated this week in a number of finished recordings, which were burned onto CDs and given to the Residential (Res) boys to ... Continue →
Daniel, a SaintA Independent Living Services client, sheds light on one of the most common misconceptions about kids in foster care.
In the video below, Daniel suggests that putting the stigma-evoking adjective “foster” in front of the word “kid” isn’t fair to the children and youth who are in the system, due to no fault of ... Continue →
To say Al Kasprowicz was a forward thinker would be an understatement. Even early in his tenure at St. Aemilian’s, Al anticipated – and sometimes, instigated – major changes in the field of child welfare at the Diocesan, public and county levels. His innovations far exceeded the 1960’s expectations of orphanages and opened the door ... Continue →
There are 6,000 kids in out-of-home care in Wisconsin at any given time and 25% of them are teenagers. To bring awareness to the need for foster parents for children and youth of all ages, the SaintA Foster Care and Treatment Foster Care teams asked some former foster youth if they’d be willing to share ... Continue →