Services for Kids

Playing for a Purpose

Playing for a Purpose

Ranch Wellness Coordinators address each child’s needs and meet with them one-on-one to determine their wellness goals and help them stay on track.…

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Summer at the Ranch

Summer at the Ranch

Summer means a change of pace and new challenges for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch kids. They look forward to summer! And why not? It’s a time for hands-on learning, fun outings, swimming, and lots more. For kids who have endured dark days of failure in school and difficulty at home, summer is a chance to “catch up” on the activities most of us take for granted.…

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Compassionate Care: Medicine and Healing

Compassionate Care: Medicine and Healing

Many of our children are in so much emotional pain they think they'd be better off dead. North Dakota's suicide rate has increased 57% since 2000, and the state has one of the highest adolescent suicide rates in the nation. If we can alleviate some of this intense pain and despair with medication--if we can keep kids alive--Dr. Wayne Martinsen believes we are obligated to do so.…

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The Value of Good Work

The Value of Good Work

Through childhood chores and later on, high school jobs, children gain skills they need to be successful in the world. Some of our Ranch kids come from great families who give their kids chores, show them the value of work, and encourage them to find a job. But, most of our kids haven't had those same work experiences. To give them these important work experiences and a sense of belonging, we give Ranch kids on-campus jobs.…

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The Many Roles of a Ranch Nurse

The Many Roles of a Ranch Nurse

Nursing care at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is unlike any other nursing job. I am often asked, “What do the nurses do at the Ranch?” and I am never quite sure how to answer. One day, nursing staff can be found scheduling appointments and managing medications. The next day, we might be out playing a softball game with the kids. No two days are ever the same!…

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Not Just a Swing

Not Just a Swing

It looked like just a swing. But for Kassidy* it was an opening. She had sat in many offices with adults who tried to get her to “open up” about her trauma.…

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The Power of Mindfulness

The Power of Mindfulness

“Our kids are unable to pay attention to the positive things in the world around them,” says Dr. Wayne Martinsen, psychiatrist at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. “Instead they are mindful to the awful things—the tone of voice when someone is angry and is going to hurt them, the leer from someone before they sexually abuse them.” The more they practice noticing and paying attention to the positive things they are experiencing in the moment, the more positive experiences they’ll have to reflect upon in the future.…

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch awarded three-year CARF accreditation

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch awarded three-year CARF accreditation

The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF) announced that Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch has been accredited for a period of three years. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.…

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Announces Date of 2018 NYPUM Motorcycle Fun Run

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Announces Date of 2018 NYPUM Motorcycle Fun Run

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will host its annual NYPUM Motorcycle Fun Run on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Event proceeds benefit the National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM), held each summer on the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Minot campus.…

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When a House Becomes a Home

When a House Becomes a Home

When you think about people who work in the construction trades, most likely you don't picture many getting teary-eyed on the job. But a recent project in South Fargo, probably had a few of them awfully close — not from an errant nail gun or hammer to the thumb — but from the emotional realization that their work made a difference in a child's life. On Thursday, Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead Remodelers Council and its Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation cut the ribbon for the new Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Fargo Youth Home at 1641 31st Ave. S. The home is a residential child care facility for troubled children ages 12 to 19 who need a place to stay while going through therapy and working through trauma.…

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Ranch Kids Rock!

Ranch Kids Rock!

As part of the #minotrocks Kindness Project, Ranch girls painted rocks and placed them in random spots throughout Oak Park.…

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Why Early Bedtimes Don't Work at the Ranch

Why Early Bedtimes Don't Work at the Ranch

At Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, we have learned that early bedtimes are not effective. The reasons for this are both simple and complex. The simple reason is there is no natural consequence or connection between most misbehaviors and going to bed early, nor do early bedtimes teach a new skill.…

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What is Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a 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.…

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Welcome to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is truly a special place. The boards of Directors, staff, and I are dreaming broadly and boldly about the upcoming generations impacted by this organization's ongoing work.…

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