Residential Child Care Program
The Ranch’s therapeutic residential program provides homes for abused, neglected, and abandoned children as young as age six. Residents may remain in the program through post-secondary education and/or job training. Each child lives in a family-style cottage with house parents and up to eight other children. Find out more in our Campus Life section.
Ranchers participate in the Hereford Cattle Program, on-site tutoring program, and summer enrichment program, among others.
The Ranch is located in Bethesda, Arkansas. It is equipped with lodging, computer and technology labs, on-site staff, recreational facilities, and livestock. All facilities are handicap accessible.
In addition to providing a place to call home for Ranchers, the Ranch provides counseling to our foster children. This counseling is provided by a licensed professional counselor (LPC-S) with over 10 years of experience working with children and families. Having an on-site counselor provides stability, security, and support for Ranchers.
Our therapist is certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy (TFCBT). Through counseling, children learn to cope with difficulties and previous traumatic experiences in a healthy manner. Many children come to the Ranch having faced abuse, neglect, and maltreatment. Counseling provides a safe, supportive, and therapeutic way for children to process the past and build a better future. At the Ranch, our staff focus on early intervention to improve the odds each child has to live a balanced, healthy life moving forward.
Through the counseling program, children may participate in group, individual, and family services. They may also participate in activities, events, and day trips to encourage development of soft skills, life skills, and emotional intelligence.
Speakers Bureau, Community Education, and Child Abuse Awareness
Each day Ranch representatives visit communities throughout Arkansas to raise awareness of our efforts to help end child abuse and neglect in Arkansas. Ranch staffers are available to speak to audiences with open hearts and ears, from chambers of commerce to churches. In addition, we sponsor and assist community professionals and law enforcement agencies with workshops to prevent and treat abuse and neglect.