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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

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

Guided by Faith

When asked what inspired her to become a foster parent, Judy, a foster mom of 29 years, answers with a smile and points to the sky.Faith is a priority in Judy’s life. She’s the secretary at her church, attends Bible study regularly and says being a foster parent is a calling from God. “This is a ministry. It’s a blessing,” … Continue

Magical Moments at Candy Cane Connection

Photo courtesy of Chris DuynskiThank you to all who attended Candy Cane Connection in 2018! This annual event brings SaintA licensed foster parents, children and other family members together for festive winter fun and family bonding. This year, for the first time foster parents could invite their child’s biological families along to share in the activities. The result was a shining example of shared-parenting. … Continue

An Unexpected Journey

Two years ago, Jennifer and her husband Xavier decided to become foster parents.It was something Jennifer always wanted to do, and as a public health nurse, she was used to caring for others. Xavier was very open to the idea, so after a year of marriage, the couple decided to start the process.In all, they’ve seen eight children come through … Continue

Called to Care for Teenagers

Antoinette Roberson has fostered 38 children, and she doesn’t plan to stop helping kids anytime soon. She’s been a caregiver her entire life. As a private duty aide, former kindergarten teacher, and active volunteer in her church, it’s second nature for Antoinette to help those in need. “I have a passion for children and the elderly,” she says. “I pray … Continue

Treatment Foster Care Parent Named Chair of WFAPA

Kristy Barr has “worked in the trenches” before. That’s how she describes the early days of foster parenting, when she and her husband, Kris, where just getting started. That was 10 years ago.  Since then, the couple has had 10 foster children in their home, all at the treatment foster care (TFC) level. “There was a lot of learning by … Continue

Annual Celebration of Kids Adopted from Foster Care

On Friday, November 16, 2018, SaintA celebrated Milwaukee Adoption Day along with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee County Children’s Court Judiciary, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, and Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services. The event, held at the Vel R. Phillips Justice Center, was part of National Adoption Awareness Month. It celebrates the adoption of children from foster … Continue

Father’s Day: A Redemption and Reunification Story

When he was just a month old, Carter was removed from his parents’ care. His dad, Daquane, and his mother were still teenagers and unprepared for the responsibility and stress of parenthood. When Daquane was arrested on violence-related charges and his mother wasn’t able to care for him either, Carter’s maternal grandmother, Juliette, stepped in. She felt the best thing … Continue

Called to Co-Parenting (and More!)

On Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. – noon, SaintA will host its 3rd Annual Call to Action Day, a celebration of foster parents and a chance for families to recommit themselves to the calling. The event is held at the SaintA Franciscan Center at 3939 N. 88th Street, Milwaukee. At this annual kick-off to Foster Care Appreciation Month, there … Continue

From Mini-Me to Family Member: Child-Specific Licensing

When Crystal, now age 35, was in her 20s, she signed up to be a Big Sister through her local Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) chapter. She always knew she may be able to make a difference in a young life, but she had no idea how significant of a role she would play for one young woman in particular. Nine … Continue

A Boy and His Dads

On Friday, December 15, the family and friends of Chad Chilsen and Shawn McCloskey gathered at Children’s Court in Milwaukee. They were there to see the couple adopt Jackson, age 5, who had been their foster son for more than two years. But there was another reason to celebrate that day. Unbeknownst to virtually everyone, except Judge Christopher Foley, Chad … Continue