I love the kids at the Ranch. They are young and amazing and broken. They are open about their mental health and, most of the time, they tackle their struggles head-on.
Facing the things holding them back is a scary place for our kids to be, but it can also be a place of power—the fork in the road that will change their lives. Not dealing with mental health challenges doesn't make them go away—they are likely to get more complicated and more difficult the longer they are left unaddressed. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch can be the fork in the road—a place where everyone works with them to give them the tools and skills they need to heal.
Teams of experts meet each week to discuss each child's individualized treatment plan and how they are doing. This team includes our psychiatrist, along with direct care staff, therapists, psychologists, nurses, spiritual life staff, education staff, wellness, occupational therapists, and supervisors who brainstorm and collaborate on a cohesive plan.
When speaking to our high school graduates in May, Marcia Bartok likened our kids to the Japanese art of kintsugi. When a precious piece of china breaks, rather than throwing it away, they piece it back together by filling the cracks with gold, silver, and platinum. Repairing the brokenness in this way makes the china stronger and more valuable than before.
She then gave a handcrafted kintsugi pot to each graduate. Like these broken pots, our children are valuable, lovable, and capable. By helping them patch their broken spots, they have the capacity to become stronger and more beautiful than they can even imagine.
Thank you for believing in these kids—for believing they deserve the chance to take a new path and to have a good life. Your prayers and support make all the difference.
Yours in Christ,
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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.