How Does The Idaho Youth Ranch Save Families?

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 18, 2017 12:00:00 AM


The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It... is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be. 

Marianne E. Neifert, Dr. Mom's Parenting Guide

When you see trauma, you will likely never see the scared little boy hiding under his sheets with his teddy bear or hear the tearful plea from a little girl who says her parents fight too much. By the time you see trauma, it often looks like angry and resentful teenagers who use their rage like a shield.

Courageous Transformation in North Idaho

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Oct 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM



At last July’s Wine, Women & Shoes fundraising event in Coeur d’Alene, IYR clinician Amanda Smith shared an amazing story with hundreds of generous guests, all gathered to support promising futures for Idaho kids and families. With her permission we're glad to have the opportunity to share this story with you. The story is true, but we've changed the hero's name to protect his privacy.

Nicole Learns a Thing or Two About Love

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM



To say that Nicole had a rough start in life is an understatement. As an infant, Nicole’s diapers would go unchanged so long that she remembers the pain of having urine burns all over her tiny body and once watching her older brother and sister try to eat cat litter while their mom was sinking into meth addiction.

Mending the Ties that Bind at the Ranch Campus

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 30, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Mending the Ties that Bind at the Ranch Campus

When Katie first came to the Ranch Campus, she had no intention of ever returning home. Adopted as a teenager, she feared that her parents loved their biological kids more and the resulting conflicts had torn the family apart. Her intention was to complete the Ranch program, move into independent living, attend college, and never look back. 

A Young Cowboy Finds His Calling at the Ranch Campus

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM


When Koda came to the Ranch Campus at 16, he was so full of fight that the staff seriously considered discharging him early, for the safety of the other residents. “I had a whole bunch of anger problems,” he said. “It kind of ran in the family.” His early home life on a rural ranch had revolved around conflict with his mom and brothers. But fortunately it also instilled in him a fascination with horses and cowboy crafts. Koda credits the Ranch’s equine specialists with helping him understand for the first time that anger was something he had choices about.

From Despair to Hope: Justin’s Journey

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM



Turning one child's dangerous path into a promising future often takes a combined collaborative effort. And supporting that new direction means involving the whole family, not just the child. For Justin, the transformation involved IYR's Ranch Campus program, family counseling services, and reintegration services, along with his school and his family's church.