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What is Cal Farley’s?
We’re one of America’s largest child and family service providers! We are a Christ-centered 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Amarillo, Texas. In our 75-plus-year history, we’ve touched the lives of more than 12,500 people through our unique programs and services. An active volunteer board of directors oversees our operations.
How much does Cal Farley’s charge for its services?
Cal Farley’s provides professional programs and services at no charge to children and families across the United States, because financial resources should never stand between a family in crisis and much-needed help. Families are asked to provide for their own transportation and medical costs.
Is Cal Farley's a government-funded agency?
Absolutely not! Cal Farley’s does not seek state or federal funding for our work with children and families. The Boys Ranch Independent School District, headquartered on our campus, qualifies for the same funds as any public school district in Texas. These funds provide a portion of the teachers’ salaries and various school operations. This, however, is only a small part of the campus’ total operating budget
Where do Cal Farley's funds come from, if not the government?
Each year, the gifts of our committed supporters provides about half of Cal Farley’s total operating budget. We rely on our generous friends to help us provide housing, emotional assistance, educational opportunities and spiritual guidance. The private contributions received are spent each year for the health and welfare of the children in care. All contributions are tax deductible. Our programs and services are also supported by the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Foundation, begun by our founder and stewarded by an active volunteer board.
Is Cal Farley’s affiliated with any religious organization or denomination?
No. While religious life is an important part of Cal Farley’s work, we are not affiliated with and receive no support from any church or religious sect. Many local churches, fraternal groups and civic organizations do, however, pray for and contribute to the Cal Farley’s organization.
What is Boys Ranch?
Cal Farley’s flagship residential campus at Boys Ranch, Texas, provides residential programs and therapeutic services for at-risk boys and girls ages 5 to 18. The children live in group homes and enjoy a variety of academic, vocational, spiritual and other activities to help them become responsible, resilient young people.
Where is Boys Ranch located?
Our picturesque Boys Ranch campus is located 36 miles northwest of Amarillo, Texas, on U.S. Highway 385. The campus sits on the site of Old Tascosa, a historic Old West town that once saw notable figures such as Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and William “Bat” Masterson walk its dusty streets.
Who can apply to place a child with Cal Farley’s?
While relatives, concerned persons or agencies can recommend a child, only his or her parents, managing conservator and/or guardian can make the actual placement.
Who determines which boys and girls are accepted?
Referrals are considered on an individual basis by the intake staff and the campus assessment team. Cal Farley’s receives thousands of requests for information or placement each year. When a child is not a suitable candidate for placement, our caring staff works with the family to locate an appropriate, reputable service provider.
On what basis is a child accepted?
Children are accepted on the basis of need, Cal Farley’s ability to meet that need and the availability of space. Every referral is given full consideration. Because we are not a treatment facility, children with personality disorders, severe emotional problems or those who pose more than a minor danger to themselves or others are not admitted. In general, children who are dependent on psychotropic medications to control their behaviors or emotions are not admitted. Children must not require sustained, in-depth psychological services, ongoing counseling or be in need of intensive supervision. The child must be able to function in a regular classroom setting.
Are there any age limitations?
Boys and girls must be between the ages of 5 and about 16.5 when they begin the application process. A child must not have reached his or her 17th birthday at the time of admission.
What are the living arrangements?
Children live in group homes, shared with 10 to 12 children and one set of house parents in each home. Generally, two or three children share a large bedroom. The group homes are segregated by gender.
Do the children get to go home for vacation?
Yes. Extended vacations are scheduled at Christmastime and each summer. Home visits are scheduled based on each child’s circumstances and home environment.
Where do the children at Boys Ranch attend school?
The Boys Ranch Independent School District, headquartered on the Boys Ranch campus, comprises four schools and provides educational opportunities for our residents. Children from kindergarten through 12th grade enjoy small class sizes, an exceptional teacher-to-student ratio, a wide range of academic and vocational programs, credit recovery and many extra-curricular activities.
How many children live at Boys Ranch?
About 300 boys and girls live at Boys Ranch each year.
From where do the children come?
Cal Farley’s accepts boys and girls from across the United States for placement at Boys Ranch. The number of states represented varies; since opening in 1939, Boys Ranch has welcomed children from 49 of the 50 states.
How long do children stay at Boys Ranch?
Boys Ranch specializes in short- and long-term care, however, the length of stay is determined on an individual basis. The average length of stay is about 2-and-a-half years, though some stay with us much longer. In some cases, children have lived with Cal Farley’s more than a decade.
Where do the children go to church?
Religious training at Boys Ranch is interdenominational Christian. All children attend chapel services Sunday morning, and a wide range of religious activities are available throughout the week on a voluntary basis.
Who provides medical and dental care for the children?
Boys Ranch maintains its own well-equipped clinic. A registered dental hygienist and several medical support personnel serve on staff. If special services or hospitalization are required, doctors, specialists and three large hospitals are within easy driving distance.
Do Cal Farley's graduates receive financial assistance after graduation?
Graduates who choose to further their education may apply for assistance through our robust alumni-support organization. Students interested in a scholarship must have been in residence for 20 months, have graduated or completed their plan of service goals. They are interviewed by a scholarship committee and must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average and a consistent course load, and must contact Cal Farley’s each month. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need.
Are Cal Farley’s scholarships only for four-year universities?
No. Because each alumni’s career goals are unique, Cal Farley’s alumni scholarships may be used for trade school, junior college, university or graduate school.
Does Cal Farley’s help alumni with housing?
One of the ways Cal Farley’s provides a safety net is through the Cal Farley’s Alumni Support Independent Living Center. The center provides a low-cost place to live for Cal Farley’s alumni who need temporary housing assistance during their transition to adult life. It features 11 apartments, a common area for meetings or training and laundry facilities. Life coaches maintain accountability and offer help with basic living skills. Cal Farley’s Alumni Support staff also may at times help alumni to locate suitable, affordable housing in their local community.
What other help is available for Cal Farley’s alumni?
Like any young adult in a traditional family, Cal Farley’s alumni can more effectively thrive if we remain available to provide safety net services and other limited support as needed to help them begin their new, independent lives.