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A Call to Care: Next Steps

Wow. Oprah’s leading the discussion! This is such an unforgettable moment for all of us committed to addressing the issues of adversity, trauma and developmental insults. With Oprah’s 60 Minutes segment on childhood trauma, we have more attention on the issue, and with it, a call to keep moving forward. It is from that context that I want to reflect … Continue

5 Observations About Trauma

In our 10 years of practicing and teaching trauma informed care (TIC), we have seen a great deal of progress. Social services agencies who didn’t know what TIC stood for, five or six years ago, are diligently training their constituents. Schools that have historically felt plagued by “bad” or “disruptive” behavior are looking at their students through a different lens … Continue

5 Suicide Myths and Realities

The popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has brought the subject of suicide, particularly child and youth suicide, into broader awareness and interest among the general public. While it is certainly positive that the conversation has extended beyond mental health professionals, the series is not without controversy. Michael Joranger Some people who have been paying attention to this tragic subject … Continue

Trauma Sensitive Schools: A perspective, not a profession.

As the academic and developmental needs of school children continue to increase, there’s an ever-increasing expectation that teachers help meet those needs. Not surprisingly, this leaves teachers feeling overwhelmed. They often report that they don’t have the time, nor do they feel qualified, to adequately support students. And, it leaves administrators feeling protective of their teachers who are already stretched … Continue

Trauma + Sensory Processing Challenges: Tools That Help

We recently brought Sheila Frick, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed) to SaintA for two presentations on July 18 in the Franciscan Center. One session was tailored to staff and the other was directed to SaintA foster parents. I’m proud that we hosted such a notable trainer; Sheila has become an international expert in pediatrics utilizing sensory techniques. She is founder … Continue

A Foster Boy with a Very Bright Future

Want to improve a child’s future?To learn about case management career opportunities with SaintA, go to our Case Manager Job Listing.To become a foster parent, visit GrowHope.net.As a licensing specialist with several years of child welfare experience, Lisette Whittaker knows how important the present day is to the future of a child. That’s one reason she is so impressed by … Continue

Multicultural Family Makes One Another Stronger

What is Reason to Be?Reason to Be is one of SaintA’s Seven Essential Ingredients of Trauma Informed Care and is practiced by everyone from licensing and placement workers to case managers to administration.To learn about case management career opportunities with SaintA, go to our Case Manager Job Listing.To become a foster parent, visit GrowHope.net.It wasn’t that long ago that Jeremy … Continue

MILWAUKEE 53206: Equal Parts Grit & Heart

Over a cold and windy weekend, I recently stopped by Calvary Baptist Church on the near north side; not for worship, but another kind of enlightenment. Calvary’s outreach team was hosting a screening of MILWAUKEE 53206, a documentary about the most incarcerated zip code in the nation. According to the film, 62% of the men – the vast majority, African … Continue

Co-Parenting: Good for Kids and Parents

Care for Birth Parents as Well as ChildrenThe Sieglaffs have a knack for working with biological families. SaintA licensing staff and case managers play a role too.To learn about case management careeer opportunities with SaintA, go to our Case Manager Job Listing.To become a foster parent, visit GrowHope.net.Foster parents Nicole and Brittany Sieglaff currently have their hands full with 10-month … Continue

Amid a Lot of Unknowns, Stability for One Foster Boy

Want to Learn More About Stability for Foster Kids?Antuan’s team consists of case managers, licensing and placement specialists and of course, his foster family.To learn about case management careeer opportunities with SaintA, go to our Case Manager Job Listing.To become a foster parent, visit GrowHope.net.Throughout the month of May, we are publishing blog posts from SaintA staff who know our … Continue

Foster Mom of Siblings Replaces Fear with Safety

Want to help kids stay safe?To learn about case management careeer opportunities with SaintA, go to our Case Manager Job Listing.To become a foster parent, visit GrowHope.net.People often wonder what makes a good foster parent and the answers can be complex. Hours of training, extreme commitment, and a good sense of humor are all must-haves. Foster parents attend training in … Continue

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