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Resources

Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents

Contact Us

SaintA is always seeking committed, loving foster and adoptive families to care for children who need it most. To receive more information about foster care or adoption, please contact us at 855-GROW-HOPE or growhope@sainta.org, or fill out our information request.

Orientation and Information

If you are interested in learning more, or feel ready to take the first step, attend a New Foster/Adoptive Family Orientation. These meetings are designed to give you an opportunity to further explore your interest and get all of your questions answered. To register, view our online calendar or the printable schedules for November 2017 and December 2017.

Current Foster and Adoptive Parents

Foster Parent Information Line

Licensed foster parents or applicants currently working with a licensing specialist can call 414-380-3780 to talk to a licensing worker 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can help with questions such as:

  • Licensing process
  • Trainings and networking groups
  • Contact information: who to call for what
  • Resource questions
  • Any other general questions

Training

For dates and times of our training schedule, view our online calendar.

SaintA Foster Parent Facebook Group

Connect with other foster parents in closed Facebook group just for SaintA families.

Connecting Bridges Facebook Group

Connect with a larger community of foster parents from Milwaukee in this closed Facebook group.

Coalition for Children, Youth & Families

The Coalition provides supports to people who are changing kids’ lives through foster care and adoption by connection them with resources throughout their journey.

Discount Card

Area businesses offer discounts for foster and adoptive parents. To receive a card, contact us at 855-GROW-HOPE or growhope@sainta.org. Here is a list of participating businesses.

Referral Program

If you know someone who is interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please have him or her call us, toll free, at 855-GROW-HOPE and mention your name. We have a referral bonus program, and we want to make sure to give credit where credit is due.

Child Care

We understand that many of our foster parents work and will need to utilize child care. The Department of Children and Families uses the YoungStar program to evaluate and rate child-care providers. We encourage foster parents to ask about YoungStar ratings when deciding on a child-care provider and we encourage foster parents to use child-care providers with ratings of 3 or higher.

Programs that our foster parents have had success with are:

Early Childhood Education

We value early childhood education. Knowing that foster children may have had experiences that could have delayed their development, we want to provide every opportunity for foster children aged 3-5 to stay on track or get ahead. Therefore, we ask that every eligible foster child be enrolled in an early education program such as Head Start. Information for these programs are contained in the links below and if you have any questions about enrollment, please contact your ongoing case manager or licensing worker.

Head Start Programs
MPS Head Start
Acelero Head Start
Next Door Head Start

Parent Cafés

Parent Cafés are fun, free, supportive, educational, parent-led gatherings where parents share a meal and talk about the joys and struggles of parenting, an ways to strengthen their families. Contact Regina Brand at RBrand@sainta.org of 414.465.5732 for more information.

Foster Parent Mentors

If you are interested in being matched with an experienced SaintA foster parent mentor, email: fpmr@sainta.org, or talk to your Licensing Specialist.

Hair and Skin Care Mentors

After taking a new placement, email: fpmr@sainta.org, or talk to your Licensing Specialist to be assigned a hair and skin care mentor to help you child’s specific needs.

Quarterly Networking and Recognition Events

Come join us and informally network with SaintA foster parents while the kids play! Keep an eye on our online calendar for upcoming events.

Referral to the Caregiver Support Program

Contact Laura Flowers at LFlowers@sainta.org or 414.604.5743 or ask your Licensing Specialists about Caregiver Support which provides foster parents with a variety of services to enhance their ability to meet the children’s needs.

MUTT Team (Mobile Urgent Treatment Team)

414.257.7621
If your foster child is experiencing a behavioral or emoitonal problem that you cannot manage alone, and are unable to get in contact with someone on the child’s team, contact MUTT anytime to receive support from therapists during a time of crisis.

Respite

Ask your Licensing Specialist about utilizing a respite provider to take a much needed break.

Helpful Links

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services
Milwaukee Early Care Administration
Wisconsin Shares Subsidized Child Care Resource Guide
Coalition for Children, Youth and Families
Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center
Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership
North American Council on Adoptable Children
The National Foster Parent Association
The Child Welfare League of America
Foster Family-Based Treatment Association
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Coaching for Life

Helpful Links Regarding Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
TED Talk: The Power of Herd Immunity
Every Child By Two

Support from Licensing Specialists and Ongoing Case Managers is provided through home visits, phone calls, and emails.