A message to all foster parents
Dear Foster Parents:
As the new Chief Program Officer at St. Aemilian-Lakeside, I am excited to be part of more history-in-the-making for the agency. St. Aemilian-Lakeside has more than 25 years of foster care experience through our treatment foster care program, and I am grateful to those of you who have contributed to that history.
On Jan. 1, 2012, we experienced a major growth spurt as a result of changes within the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW). In partnership with our subsidiary Integrated Family Services, St. Aemilian-Lakeside will be responsible for serving even more children in Milwaukee County and beyond. To prepare for this growth we have hired a new director, a foster care services coordinator, two supervisors, 13 licensing and placement staff and two recruitment and resource staff.
We also have moved to a new office, transitioned about 300 foster and adoptive families who had been licensed through Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, and we will expand our support and training resources to kinship families who are not licensed but are caring for children. Whew!
Advancing our foster care services will provide St. Aemilian-Lakeside with many opportunities to expand services to children by building a continuum of care for foster care Levels 1-5. I am very excited to have all of you as part of this journey and we hope you will stay connected to all that is happening, so we can better serve children and support you as a caregiver. Thank you to all of the foster parents who have helped build such a great program at St. Aemilian-Lakeside and welcome to those new foster parents who will help us build more history. With our expanded “army” of foster parents, we can grow hope together because, as you know, the need is great and the rewards are greater!
Chief Program Officer
Foster Care and Family Services