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Struggling teens or troubled teens may benefit from boys ranch programs, as an alternative to boarding school. This article offers the pros and cons of boys ranch programs and tips for parents in researching what type of boys ranch may be the best option for their son.
Parents who are looking for help for troubled teen boys may find that there are many programs available, but it can be hard to find information about which programs are most likely to help in a particular situation. When looking at boys ranch programs, this confusion may be compounded by the fact that there are many types of boys ranch programs with different focuses, serving teens with different types of problems.
Boys ranch programs are generally group residential treatment facilities that serve adolescents and teens with various needs. Some programs focus on first-time criminal offenders, boys with disabilities, or at-risk boys. Many boys ranch programs operated through the juvenile justice system are based on the Missouri model - small, regional correctional facilities with counseling, supervision, a home-like atmosphere, and the opportunity for the boys to wear their own clothing. Not all of these programs are necessarily located on a working ranch.
Boys ranch programs that are located on working ranches may focus on developing a number of skills in teens by giving them an opportunity to live and work with others on a ranch under careful supervision. They may help with:
Some ranch programs also provide education, therapy, or other teen needs. Programs may be just a few weeks, especially for younger teens who don't have serious problems, or they may be long-term programs, such as for teens who have been in the juvenile justice system. The programs usually have youth living, working, and eating together, under close supervision by staff.
Parents who are considering a boys' ranch program should ask a number of questions about the program to find out if it is right for their teens:
If possible, parents should visit a ranch program before admitting their boys to the program. This will help them to know if the program is run well and is likely to help their teen. Parents should also remember that changes in troubled teens take time, and they shouldn’t expect a program to provide an instant or complete fix for their teen. Good programs that are carefully selected, however, may help teens to make changes that will turn their lives around over time.
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, "Delinquency Prevention Programs" [online]
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