Tim Goldsmith, Ph.D., is chief clinical officer at Youth Villages, where he directs a staff of clinical specialists who oversee the work we do with children and families across the country. Dr. Tim and his core clinical managers have nearly 100 years of experience helping children with the most serious problems. Together they oversee the counselors and specialists who work directly with parents, teaching them ways to help their children overcome serious problems and go on to do well at home, at school and in the community. This year, our clinical and counseling staff will help more than 22,000 children across the country. Now Dr. Tim and his staff of experts can answer your questions, too. All parents have moments when they wish they could consult with an expert. If you have a question about your tween or teen’s behavior, send it to DrTim@youthvillages.org.
At Youth Villages, we help thousands of families every year. We know that parenting isn’t easy for anyone. For parents and guardians whose children are emotionally troubled or who have behavioral issues, it’s that much more difficult. The intensive services we provide are often a last resort when a child is deemed as “out of control” by his or her parents or guardians or by a state’s child welfare or juvenile justice officials. Because parenting can be such a challenge for all of us, how do you know it’s time to seek professional help for your family and where can you find it?
Katelyn is an adventurous future teacher with hopes of finding her forever family with older siblings. Take the time to share Katelyn’s story in hopes she finds her forever home. One share could make waves!
Substance abuse can de-rail a young person’s dreams. Lacoyah found herself ill-equipped to meet basic needs and look to the future. The state stepped in to help, including a referral to the Youth Villages MST-EA program. It’s an intensive, individual program designed to help young adults aging out of child welfare systems overcome behavioral or substance use issues. For nearly six months, a Youth Villages MST-EA specialist worked with Lacoyah and her family to create a safe home environment and build good communication skills. In the end, all the hard work and perseverance paid off, and she was able to leave the program successfully. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to leaders Rep. Danny Davis and Rep. Jackie Walorski for hearing so many young people across the U.S. and introducing the "Supporting Foster Youth & Families Through the Pandemic Act" today to provide COVID-19 emergency aid to older foster youth. Youth Villages is proud to endorse this bill. It would deliver on the help LifeSet participants have advocated for. tinyurl.com/yxa7fby4 #FosterSafety #ChildWelfareCOVID#UpChafee... See MoreSee Less
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Jackie Walorski (R-IN) introduced the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act to provide additional support for older foster yout...
This year, school is more uncertain for our families due to COVID-19. For many, this means choosing between in-person classes or online learning. What are your thoughts regarding virtual vs. classroom learning? ... See MoreSee Less
First, I think we should all acknowledge that it's a tough situation and education is not a one size fit all structure anyway so to make public health policies that work for everyone in an educational setting is very difficult. I think digital education can and does work for many, especially older elementary, middle and high school. However, special needs children and our younger elementary kids need in person education. Again, there's no one solution for everyone, but I wish people in general would be more kind in considering that many parents work full time (a lot of them health workers on the front line) and cannot be home to supervise digital learning. With that said, any teacher that is high risk should not have to be made to teach in person and risk her/his health for their job. This is hard for everyone and understanding that the answer for each child/family may look different is the first step in solving this crisis together.
As students get ready for back to school, Youth Villages is helping ease the stress of affording school supplies. Through the Backpack Heroes program, they're filling 1,100 new backpacks with school supplies. All of it is donated by businesses throughout Middle Tennessee. Organizers say everyone inv...