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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

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

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

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

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

Siblings Belong Together

“Did we think we would get triplets on the first shot?” Jessica says, recalling how she felt when she got a call about three little boys who needed a home. “Well, no,” she continues with a laugh.Jessica admits that she and her husband were blindsided by the request to take in multiple kids, but they also saw it as an … Continue

Celebrating Cathy’s Collection: 1 Year Later

In April of 2018, heaven gained an angel and the foster care community lost one of its own. Many staff who worked with Cathy Miller, her husband and their family, continue to think of her almost daily. Cathy was a beautiful example of unconditional love and compassion. She invested 20 years of her life to children by fostering more than 70 … Continue

Walk By Faith: 10 Ways to Serve a Foster Child

1. Become a Foster Parent The need for foster parents is great. Foster parents play a critical role for children, families, and agencies. Their primary task is to temporarily care for a child until the child’s permanence goal is achieved. Foster parents change lives – both the children’s and their own. Learn more about becoming a licensed foster parent here.Foster Parenting … Continue

Cathy’s Collection’s Best Customer

A First-Hand Account of a Lasting LegacyBy Nancy Nedland, Caregiver Support Specialist I feel like I might be Cathy’s Collection’s best customer. As a Caregiver Support Specialist at SaintA, I meet with families who are often reaching beyond their means in order to provide care for children in their homes. When placements occur suddenly or moves are unexpected, families need resources … Continue

SaintA Adds Chief Program Officer

SaintA welcomes Cyrus Behroozi as Chief Program Officer for Child Welfare. This newly developed position is responsible for oversight of, and continuity across, all functions of child welfare, including case management, foster care and family services. Behroozi previously served as the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Administrator of Safety and Permanence, where he oversaw statewide child welfare. Most recently, … Continue