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August/September 2020 Newsletter

Featured 7EI: PrevalenceThe past few months have been difficult for everyone. For people of color specifically, we’re seeing how systemic racism makes life even more complicated.People of color are disproportionally affected by COVID19. Black communities were the first to be hit hard. The number of cases in Latino neighborhoods continue to surge. And often, Native Americans aren’t even included in the data.The murders of Black individuals … Continue

5 Regulation Activities for the Family

Regulation is a trauma informed intervention that helps kiddos mange their behavior and emotions. Practices can involve taking a moment for deep breathing and mindfulness or can be full-body activities, like the ones we mention below.While many interventions for people struggling with trauma are focused on the cognitive or “thinking” parts of the brain, trauma informed interventions often prioritize emotional … Continue

How to Help Kids Understand and Heal from Trauma

Kids start to understand race and racism starting from a young age. This video, about middle schoolers talking about race, shows just how well young children can verbalize how their race has affected their experiences.Pat Parker is a Certified Social Worker, who received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate certificate in Community Mental … Continue

10 Tips and Tricks for Homeschooling in the Next Normal

With school moving online for the time being, parents are stepping up to act as educators as well as caregivers. It is not easy, in fact, it is a unique and daunting task that everyone is learning how to navigate. Sarah Noerenberg was the former Instructional Coach at Capitol West Academy, she says, “patience, grace and resilience are key to … Continue

Current Foster Parent FAQ

At the very beginning of your fostering journey, there are some questions you may be wondering, like who are the children in foster care or how long does the licensing process take? You can find the answers to those questions in the frequently asked questions section.But once you know for sure that fostering is something you want to commit to, … Continue

Time Management in the Next Normal (for Parents Working from Home)

Brigette Rahming is SaintA’s Leadership & Talent Development Coordinator, she presented a training to foster parents on improving time management skills while working from home with their kids and family living under the same roof. If you’d like to watch the full training, the previously-recorded video is available on youtube. Before we discuss ways to manage our time, we need … Continue

Race and Equity Resources for Parents and Kids

SaintA is taking a stand in supporting Black Lives Matter and denouncing racism in any form within our agency. We will support our foster parents of color and will help our foster parents across the state on the journey toward equity for all.We know that it’s hard to talk about race. Below you will find resources and information, compiled by … Continue

How to Potty Train With 5 Easy Tricks

Potty training is a major milestone for kiddos and parents alike. It can be tricky, but experienced foster parent Nancy Montour recently shared with us her best tricks and tips to help you and your child tackle the toilet. Make potty training an “attractive” experience. The kiddos can “decorate” the toilet with stickers or get a cool potty seat or stool … Continue

June/July Newsletter 2020

Featured 7EI: Perspective shiftAs we move into a new season of adjusting to a new normal, we must continue to remind ourselves to think positively. Although summer won’t look the same without our favorite summer festivals, fairs and waterparks, we can still enjoy family time in safe and exciting ways while continuing to practice social distancing the best we can.For … Continue

April/May 2020 Newsletter

Hello SaintA Foster parent, We’re looking forward to staying connected and keeping you all informed.  Read on for more about caregiver capacity, foster parent shoutouts, training and much more!Featured 7EI This month, we’re talking about Caregiver Capacity. We’re living in a particularly stressful time with COVID-19 and physical distancing.Here’s a gentle reminder to stay focused on meeting your own needs, so that you … Continue

The Biggest and Best Candy Cane Connection Yet

Candy Cane Connection 2019 was another spectacular success! Thank you to all who attended and volunteered. The annual event brings SaintA licensed foster parents, children and staff together to celebrate the holidays through family bonding and fun.For the second year, biological parents were invited to join the holiday festivities. On December 14, 2019, families came together at Davians to enjoy … Continue

Treatment Foster Care in the Heart of Wisconsin

In a small town in central Wisconsin, there’s a quaint neighborhood leading up to a cul-de-sac; it’s lined with little houses that all look the same. There’s one house, though, that is special.Inside, the wood-paneled walls are saturated with antique trinkets and the windowsills are lined with sprawling plants. The house is charming and cozy and belongs to Susan, a … Continue

Relatives and Close Kin Step into Foster Parent Roles

Imagine being a grandmother, retired, living a relatively quiet life in your Milwaukee neighborhood. Now imagine opening your home to not just one or two, but four, children under the age of 10. That’s exactly what one SaintA client did recently when her granddaughters needed to go into out-of-home care. As it turns out, she is far from alone. More … Continue

5 Ways To Make Bedtime Easier

Bedtime can often be the hardest time of the day for kids, and when the kids won’t go to sleep, parents can’t go to sleep either.This is where sleep hygiene comes in. It’s a rather simple concept that includes any nighttime ritual and routine. Think about it like this: brushing your teeth and flossing are considered good dental hygiene habits … Continue

A Father Figure for Young Men

Cornelius became a foster parent by accident.It all started when a friend dropped off her son and promised to return later. The friend, who struggled with mental health issues and substance abuse, never returned. It took about six months for Cornelius to accept she wasn’t coming back, and that realization also left him with a choice. The boy would either be removed … Continue