Benchmark Family Services - Lexington, KY

Benchmark Family Services - Lexington, KY Who We Are...
Benchmark Family Services, Inc. was established in 1994 and is a private, faith based, non-profit, therapeutic foster care agency.

Our purpose is to provide stable and caring homes for youth in need of out-of-home care. Our mission is to advocate for children by ensuring opportunities for healthy physical, psychological and emotional growth and development in the most normal and least restrictive setting possible. To this end, Benchmark provides and coordinates programs and services in cooperation with referring child welfare

agencies. Benchmark is committed to the highest standards of childcare and professionalism. Who We Serve...
Benchmark Family Services, Inc. services children who have been removed from their homes by the Department of Childrenโ€™s Services (DCS) due to neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse suffered in their biological home. Most of the children served by Benchmark are experiencing behavioral, emotional, and/or mental health problems as a result of being abused or neglected and receive therapy either on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Additionally, some children are under the care of a psychiatrist and receive medications to manage their mental health needs. Why Choose Benchmark? Benchmark provides strong and consistent support to our foster care families. We provide:
Each foster care family with weekly contact with their case manager, including a minimum of two home visits per month
24 hour/7 day a week emergency cell phone access to a case manager in the event of a crisis
Respite care for foster children when needed
Premium financial compensation to support the needs of youth placed in the home

In honor of National Foster Care Month we put on our Benchmark gear today and set out to recruit some new foster parents...
05/06/2024

In honor of National Foster Care Month we put on our Benchmark gear today and set out to recruit some new foster parents! We were feeling cute so of course we did a little staff photo shoot ๐Ÿ’™

05/06/2024

Ready to take the first step toward becoming a foster parent? Our dedicated staff are ready to guide you through your foster care journey! Give us a call today to schedule a 1-hour commitment-free orientation, or fill out the form on our website and we will contact you!

๐Ÿ“ž 859-260-1412
๐Ÿ’ป BenchmarkFamilyServices.org

05/02/2024

Accept the Challenge. Make a Difference. ๐ŸŒŸ

Call us today or visit our website!
๐Ÿ“ž 859-260-1412
๐Ÿ’ป benchmarkfamilyservices.org

Please share! One of our sweet foster kiddos has lost her beloved dog. He was last seen on Saturday in the Chestnut Stre...
04/29/2024

Please share! One of our sweet foster kiddos has lost her beloved dog. He was last seen on Saturday in the Chestnut Street area of Lexington. This little guy is very loved and missed, and our kiddo is absolutely heartbroken! Please call if you see him!!!

Did you know that the state of Kentucky is in a foster care crisis? Everyday there are children forced to sleep in offic...
04/22/2024

Did you know that the state of Kentucky is in a foster care crisis? Everyday there are children forced to sleep in offices because there are no available foster homes for that child. Now more than ever we need YOU! We need families willing to work with traumatized youth, sibling groups, and teens. Are you ready accept the challenge and make a difference?

Give us a call at 859-260-1412 or visit BenchmarkFamilyServices.org for more information!

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Spring is the perfect time to get started! ๐ŸŒท You could have children placed in y...
04/03/2024

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Spring is the perfect time to get started! ๐ŸŒท You could have children placed in your home just in time for summer. Trips to the pool, family vacations, and other summer activities are great ways to bond with foster children and create memories that will last a lifetime! โ˜€๏ธ

For more information visit our website at BenchmarkFamilyServices.org or give us at 859-260-1412!

Our friend Olive is working hard to recruit new foster parents today! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿถ
03/27/2024

Our friend Olive is working hard to recruit new foster parents today! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿถ

02/17/2024

Call or message us today for more information on how to get started!

02/12/2024

Itโ€™s Super Bowl Sunday! ๐Ÿˆ
Whoโ€™re you rooting for?
Check out a few quick facts about kids in foster care & the Super Bowl.

Did you know that: The Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas holds 65,000 people. Multiplying this by six equals 390,000, which falls short of accommodating the 400,000 kids in care. ๐Ÿคฏ

Now that you know: what can you do?

Interested in fostering: https://americaskidsbelong.org/explore-fostering/

Source: Lifesong for Orphans

02/01/2024
Ready to take the first step toward becoming a foster parent? Our dedicated staff are ready guide you through your foste...
01/31/2024

Ready to take the first step toward becoming a foster parent? Our dedicated staff are ready guide you through your foster care journey! Give us a call today to schedule a 1-hour commitment-free orientation, or fill out the form on our website and we will contact you!

๐Ÿ“ž 859-260-1412
๐Ÿ’ป BenchmarkFamilyServices.org

01/17/2024

What is it that we need in order to sustain our attention and perform at our best? We are all different in what it takes to keep our arousal at the best level. Some people canโ€™t cope with any noise while they are trying to think, while others need to have music on constantly. Meeting our arousal needs depends on how we process our sensory information. The important thing to remember is that some people will need more of these sensory inputs to be at the optimum state of arousal and some will need less. We are then able to to โ€œself-regulateโ€ by getting our arousal levels right even when our environment changes. Self-regulating all of the sensory information can be very difficult for a child. Movement is commonly a way that a child will try and regulate so they can calm and focus. Forcing a child to sit still is counter-productive. When we work out what their sensory needs are we can help support them to meet their best arousal.
More information on my blog

https://www.thetherapistparent.com/post/understanding-sensory-processing-as-a-key-to-behaviour

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01/09/2024

Do you have a child that people call "sensitive soul"? Or worse, are they labeled as weak, a sook, or wimp? Our culture has presented these children in a negative light as if feeling deeply is a negative attribute to have. When we try to "toughen kids up", we are actually damaging a character trait that that sees, feels and understands things that most people don't. If we nurture and guide these children to understand and develop their sensitive side, what incredible adults they will be.

Sensitive kids aren't weak, they actually are far more aware of what is happening around them than most. They notice changes in their environment, they seem to notice the moods of others more quickly and will be running through every possible scenario in their head before making a decision. Yes these children are more prone to anxiety, but their sensitive nature doesn't have to be a negative trait, they just need help to develop it.

More information on my blog

https://www.thetherapistparent.com/post/raising-a-sensitive-soul

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12/20/2023

So worth it

12/13/2023

The Therapist Parent ๐Ÿ’•

โ™ก If you would like to be kept in the loop on everything Synergetic Play Therapy or get resources to support you on your therapist or parent journey, join us here: https://linktr.ee/synergeticplaytherapy โ™ก

12/11/2023
With Christmas coming soon we need your help to make this holiday special for our foster youth! At our annual Christmas ...
12/04/2023

With Christmas coming soon we need your help to make this holiday special for our foster youth! At our annual Christmas party we would like to be able to give at least one gift to each of our foster youth. Would you consider donating a gift? If so please check out our Amazon gift registry below. All gifts purchased will ship to our office to be wrapped and handed out at our Christmas party on December 15th. Thanks and Merry Christmas!! ๐ŸŽ„

12/01/2023

The kids are worth it!

11/27/2023

From October we are inundated with Christmas decorations and festivities. Unfortunately this can have an adverse effect on children who struggle with change and sensory overload. The stress of it all can build up for a child. They may not react straight away and it can show up several days later as difficult behaviour. This behaviour is easy to label as "naughty" or "defiant" but this time of year can just so overwhelming that we need consider the impact on our little people. Blinking lights, glittery objects, sound making trinkets, changes in routine, these can wear down the senses over time without anyone even realizing what it was.

More information on my blog

https://www.thetherapistparent.com/post/managing-christmas-meltdowns

11/23/2023

What are you thankful for?

11/20/2023

Good Morning AGP,

For the last few Thursdays, we have been talking about trauma-sensitive approaches in education. All of the literature on childhood trauma cites relationships as the dominant factor in healing. Though relationships in the care giving setting and disturbances in early attachment can be sources of trauma, relationships are also where healing takes place. In the webinar I posted last week, Dr. McArthur said, โ€œEvery positive, attuned interaction with a trustworthy other can help to rewrite the brainโ€. This is not just hopeful thinking, but a researched certainty.

-A Teacher at Anaโ€™s School

The Thanksgiving Potluck is one of our favorite traditions here at Benchmark Lexington. This yearโ€™s spread did not disap...
11/16/2023

The Thanksgiving Potluck is one of our favorite traditions here at Benchmark Lexington. This yearโ€™s spread did not disappoint! ๐Ÿ’™

11/14/2023

Kids are often blamed for being emotionally dysregulated and partly for good reason. While children's brains are developing, they physically can't manage big emotions. But so often, children are singled out for having emotional melt-downs when parents are completely losing control of their own emotions, too. It's easy to blame the child as we as parents can feel justified in losing control because kids can be so frustrating. Let's face it, nobody can push your buttons like your child. The problem is, if we lose control of our emotions when our kids are out of control, then we set up a culture of dysregulation. Emotions feed off emotions, so if we are going to bring calm, we need to learn to regulate ourselves.

There is more information about this as well as practical strategies in my book "Guidance from The Therapist Parent"

Available on my website www.thetherapistparent.com and also on Amazon

11/13/2023
11/02/2023

November is , a time to acknowledge children and families experiencing homelessness. Along with losing their homes, communities, friends, and sense of stability and safety, many youth have also experienced trauma. For more information and resources to help youth experiencing , visit: bit.ly/3Qnxurp.

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160 Burt Road
Lexington, KY
40503

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Telephone

(859) 260-1412

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