Individualized treatment and holistic care are the hallmarks of the Therapeutic Residential Foster Care program. The program is designed to address the social, emotional and behavioral issues typically present in children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected and homeless.
Individual treatment plans, a homelike environment and highly trained staff all help each child gain success. Many children come to us after multiple foster home placements – sometimes after as many as eight to twelve – and some arrive two years behind academically because their caregivers simply forgot to send them to school. Our highly trained staff and on-campus tutoring programs help them catch up with their classmates. Religious participation is voluntary and spiritual guidance and support is always available. Children receive individual therapy and participate in family therapy with their siblings.
One of the distinct features of our program is the ability to care for sibling groups- brothers and sisters who often have never lived together. Many times all the brothers and sisters have left is each other. While residents of the Ranch, they see each other every day. They go to school together. They play together. Just like other kids. Just like brothers and sisters.
Six to eight children live in each home and the home functions like a traditional family – the kids go to public school, participate in after school sports and activities, have dinner together in the evening as a family, all under the supervision of trained and dedicated staff, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our Specialized Treatment Program has been specifically designed to protect and serve the most vulnerable children we serve- youth with moderate or high level of treatment needs due to substance abuse, mental retardation, self-injurious or aggressive actions, and other medical issues. In a system that typically places these youth in temporary hospital settings until their level of treatment diminishes, St. Jude’s Ranch offers an alternative.
Our vision is that youth needing higher levels of treatment can move within our Continuum of Care as their needs dictate, without suffering the emotional effects of constant relocation. For example, some may begin in Specialized Care and transition to our other programs as their level of treatment lowers. Conversely, children in our lower levels of care can transition into Specialized Care if necessary. Thus, St. Jude’s Ranch is able to offer the right treatment to these children without sacrificing a stable family environment that we believe is so vital to their recovery.
Once a child turns 15 years old and has demonstrated significant progress in acquiring and utilizing life skills they may be eligible to “graduate” to the Transitional Living Program.