Who We Are

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    Benchmark Family Services is a network of professional, therapeutic foster homes and committed staff across four states with the goal of providing stable out-of-home placements for children in need. We work alongside child welfare agencies to provide stable care to youth in the least restrictive setting possible.
    In 1994 our founder, Dr. Michael Berner, recognized the need for a specialized, therapeutic foster care agency. Since then we have dedicated our efforts to providing quality services to our contracting agencies.
    Our staff works tirelessly to support our foster parents as they care for the youth placed in our homes. We take every action possible to provide for the least restrictive setting for these children as they work towards their goals. The results we see in the youth that pass through our care encourage us to carry on in our mission to give even the most troubled kids a second chance.

Our Mission

    Benchmark’s mission is to work alongside referring agencies to provide stable and caring placements for youth in need of out-of-home care. We advocate for children by ensuring reasonable opportunities for healthy physical, psychological and emotional growth and development in the most normal and least restrictive setting possible. To this end, Benchmark will provide and coordinate programs and services in cooperation with referring child welfare agencies. Benchmark is committed to the highest standards of childcare and professionalism.

Our History

    Services is the result of mergers and acquisitions that combined the resources of therapeutic foster care agencies across our service area. Benchmark has a history of providing quality out of home placements to children in need since March of 1994. We have had the privilege of placing and managing the cases of thousands of youth throughout Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana and Texas over the past 18 years.
    Benchmark relies heavily on the experience of our professional and qualified staff members. With over 220 staff in our organization, we have hundreds of years of social work experience to rely on as we carry out our mission.

Our Affiliations


    A CARF Three Year Accreditation was awarded to Benchmark Family Services for our therapeutic foster care program. CARF accreditation demonstrates Benchmark’s quality, accountability, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served.

 CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services.


    Benchmark contracts with Admin Solutions, Inc. (ASI) to provide management and financial oversight. ASI provides Benchmark with consultation in regards to program quality, strategic growth, facilities management and financial oversight.


    Benchmark uses ChildTrax, a placement management system, as its primary software application to track placements, progress of treatment and case management quality.


    The Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA) is a 501(c)(4) IRS classified nonprofit Association of concerned agencies who not only care for children and families, but also care about them. Founded in 1944, IARCA has made a commitment to service by bringing together a diverse group of providers into a cohesive organization, committed to the provision of quality services so that these children and families may lead healthy and productive lives in our communities.

    IARCA represents approximately 90 member agencies in Indiana providing a broad array of services, including residential care, foster care, transitional/independent living, home-based services, shelter care and crisis stabilization. Our member agencies continually reflect their dedication and support to children and family services through their ongoing participation in IARCA-sponsored activities.

    In 1999, IARCA developed the IARCA Institute for Excellence, a 501(c)(3) IRS classified corporation. The Institute is a public benefit corporation that was organized and operated exclusively to benefit, perform, and carry out the exclusively public, charitable, scientific, educational, and other purposes of IARCA. In carrying out such responsibilities the Institute may only engage in activities that provide training opportunities and related services that enhance and improve the ability of members of IARCA, the supported organization, to serve the needs of women, children, and families; assist IARCA in raising funds and support that can be used to accomplish the association’s charitable and educational purposes related to the needs of children and families; and accomplishing such goals that are consistent with the purposes set forth by IARCA.