Since 1953, Idaho Youth Ranch has been a beacon of hope for struggling kids and families.

Many know our name, but few understand the wide variety of ways we serve young people.


We are Idahoans. Founded as a working ranch and residential center for boys more than 60 years ago, today we still believe in the power of hard work, being outdoors and working with animals to heal wounded spirits.

We heal families. We reconnect parents and children who know how to love, but don’t have the skills to communicate with kids who are lost, angry or scared. From parenting classes to therapeutic interventions, both youth and adults learn to set boundaries, communicate needs and create stronger bonds.

We are shelter. For kids in crisis, we are a safe haven. Working with child protective services and local police, we provide not only a place to stay, but comfort and therapy for children taken out of their homes.

We finish the job, staying with our kids as long as it takes. We prepare them for future success with peer support, ongoing access to Idaho Youth Ranch services, college readiness, scholarships for higher education, and workforce readiness, helping to end the cycle of abuse, poverty and underemployment.

We begin by identifying the best treatment path based on the child's need and the family situation and use a unique combination of methods to help each child address their challenges. While we are treating the youth, we work directly with the family so that when they are reunited, the family is better able to communicate and avoid future issues. We finish the job, by assigning each child with a reintegration specialist to help him or her maintain their progress and help families work through their challenges together.


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