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November 2023

Elevating Foster Parent Training: Unveiling the Pathways to Permanency FosteringNC Developmental Effects of Trauma Facilitator’s Guide

In the collaborative pursuit of addressing the comprehensive needs of youth in foster care and their families, the Pathways to Permanency project has given rise to a powerful tool – the “FosteringNC Developmental Effects of Trauma Facilitator’s Guide". Developed in tandem with Vaya, County DSS offices, and mental health providers, this guide stands as a testament to Vaya’s commitment to addressing critical needs related to the foster care experience. The Pathways to Permanency Project The...

November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month

November has been recognized as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month since 2007 to acknowledge the children and youth that are experiencing homelessness, build awareness around the causes of youth homelessness, examine possible solutions to the issue, and to encourage discussions about how to prevent homelessness among children and teens. Each November, in addition to awareness campaigns, communities recognize businesses and organizations dedic ated to supporting children and teens...

Indulging in Unity: Benchmarks' Destination 2023

Guy Fieri, the renowned celebrity chef, highlighted the incredible power of food to bring people from diverse backgrounds together with his famous quote: "Cooking is all about people. Food may be the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat." Today, we'll delve into how we harnessed this universal connection as we utilized a meticulously curated menu to express our care for the...

Benchmarks' Destination 2023: Inspirational Takeaways from Keynote Speaker Danny Trejo

From October 11th to 13th, in the heart of the majestic Cherokee mountains, Benchmarks hosted its first annual conference, bringing together child welfare and behavioral health professionals and stakeholders from all corners of the industry. It was a gathering where ideas were shared, innovations explored, and, most importantly, inspiration ignited. The event featured an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, including the renowned Patch Adams, the talented Lauren Potter, and on the final...

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