Culturally Adapted-Cognitive Behavior Therapy

By: Brooke Biederstedt, PATH Social Worker, Bismarck  The Social Work field strives to provide individual centered care, focusing on the individual needs that are often dependent upon the environment or systems the individuals come into contact with. This, in combination with an increased number of individuals from diverse backgrounds and… Read More »

I Get to Have Two Families

By: Sam McDonald, Director of Development Peter* sat before the room of foster parents and staff, sharing the tragedies of his young life most of us will never endure. He went into foster care as a young teen. There was a good chance he would’ve turn into a foster care statistic:… Read More »

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Child and Family Services program is committed to ensuring and enhancing educational stability for children and youth in foster care. To aid in this commitment, federal legislation passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which becomes effective in Idaho on December 10, 2016.… Read More »


By: Jay Kimball, Minnesota Executive Director Studies have shown that children with multiple and severe risk factors in their lives can develop into confident and capable adults. Resiliency is the term often used to describe a set of qualities that foster a course of action for successful adaptation and transformation… Read More »

Cutout for Caregiving

By: Dale Twedt LICSW, LMFT Clinical Practices Specialist Recently, I reviewed a presentation by Arthur Becker-Weidman, PhD. regarding Assessing Caregiver Reflective Capacity, Commitment, Insightfulness, and Sensitivity. This presentation was part of a conference on attachment. The following are notes from that presentation and from research completed by Mary Dozier’s research on foster… Read More »

PATH Values

By: Jay S. Kimball, MSW, LGSW Minnesota Executive Director PATH values the family. As we say, “The idea of family is the core of PATH Services.” Our greatest asset is our families. PATH families are essential as they create an environment for healing and nurturing. PATH believes the family atmosphere… Read More »

Harvest of Values

By: Nancy McKenzie, BS, MS North Dakota Executive Director Time seems to pass by us quickly and it’s hard to believe that we’re already well into the fall season. While some might bemoan the passing of summer, I’ve always appreciated the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this season. With school… Read More »

Supporting Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

By: Heather Simonich, MA, LPC North Dakota Operations Director In treatment foster care, it is not uncommon to encounter children with sexual behavior problems (SBP). Unfortunately these behaviors are all too often misunderstood. It may be helpful to think about children’s sexual behaviors as existing on a continuum–some sexual behaviors are healthy… Read More »