FamilyLight and Virtual Consultant

Welcome to both FamilyLight and Virtual Consultant!!

FamilyLight is a consulting service for families seeking guidance in meeting the needs of a loved one with emotional, behavioral, or therapeutic services. "Virtual Consultant" service puts that service on the web for at very modest fees. This is the the reliable information you need to make good choices. 

For more information about what Virtual Consultant offers, click here. If you want to join/ subscribe, click here

For more information about our in-person consulting service, click here. We remain available for in-person consulting as we have since 1993. Our lead consultant, Tom Croke, has been helping families plan for and with loved ones with special needs and behavioral issues since 1971. No one has more experience with special needs consulting. No one gives traditional clients more intensive service.

Please rest assured that much of our historic information for the general public without fee remains in place.  For example our index of every school and program as well as other organizations and entities that operate within the range of interest of FamilyLight and its constituents, is and will remain accessible without charge to the general public. Some new material will be restricted to subscribers.  We intend that these websites will continue to be a valuable resource for the general public.  This includes all the old program reviews and many other features, including many that are continuously updated. New articles such as program reviews and discussions of "Topics of Interest" and "Issues of Concern" will likely go into the paid section, but when that happens, summaries and introductory material will be available to the general public.

those who want a private consultant. If you choose that, we will provide what we believe to be the most intensive support service of its kind available. We also provide the best services available to ensure that a family member accepts the help that is needed. Whether in person or online, we give you the best available in guidance when seeking private resources for a family member in need.

We have mostly completed our transition from our original website to our New Format.  What you see right now is our New Format. Some links in our New Format go to pages in the Old Format but most remaining content on the Old Format  is for archival purposes only. This is the Home Page in the New Format. You can tell when you are in the New Format by the clear presentation and the domain "" The Old Format has some distortion we have not been successful in removing; it shows the domain ""

Please read our full disclaimer. You are responsible for verifying our information before acting on it.

For more information on our online services, please see the following:

Virtual Consultant

For more information on our in-person consulting service, please see the following:

Consultant Services

For the latest on the most recent updates, additions, and improvements on this website, please see the following:

What's New?

For more information about using these websites, please see:

Navigating these Websites

History of this Website

Anyone  can write anything about anyone on the web. Usual legal remedies for defamation, slander, and libel do not work so well regarding postings on the web.  

If you see troubling information about a school or program or a professional, call  the organization or person being attacked to learn what they have so say.  The person you call will appreciate the call.  After you have heard all sides make your decision. If you just avoid services under attack without checking it out, you may miss a great opportunity.  Decisions are best made by considering multiple opinions.  That is true even where our opinions are at issue. You will note that when we know of credible people disagreeing with our opinion we often point that out on this website.

Last updated March 23, 2018

4 thoughts on “FamilyLight and Virtual Consultant

  1. My 25 year old son checked in to Benchmark Transitions this past Thursday 2/25. My first impression is extremely positive. I was introduced to everyone who will be involved in my son’s treatment. I was given a tour of the facility and his schedule of treatment was discussed. The next day I received a phone call from my son and one of his mentors. I also received an email with information pertaining to the Family Bridge, a portal where parents and family members can write to their loved one at Benchmark. I see photos of my son enjoying hiking and positive activities with his peer group. It is so important to me that I am “in the loop” and know what is happening with my son (even if he is an adult at 25). He had gone to another rehab last year and that experience was very different. Though we had an appointment, we were kept waiting for hours. I was never introduced to the staff, the program was never discussed. I was told that I could not see the rooms. They seemed disorganized and overwhelmed. Benchmark does feel warm, caring and like a family. The 18-25 age group is perfect for us. Aside from addiction recovery, my son is learning vocational, educational and life skills (such as money management, career counseling). I will post again after 6 months. So far, I feel optimistic and relieved.

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