Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

What is Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch?
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 Boys Ranch charge for its services?
Boys Ranch 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 Boys Ranch a government-funded agency?
Absolutely not! Boys Ranch 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 Boys Ranch funds come from, if not the government?
Each year, the gifts of our committed supporters provides about half of Boys Ranch 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 Boys Ranch affiliated with any religious organization or denomination?
No. While religious life is an important part of Boys Ranch 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 Boys Ranch organization.
Is Boys Ranch accredited?
Yes. Boys Ranch partnered with the New-York-based Council on Accreditation nearly 20 years ago. Learn more about our COA accreditation here.
What is Boys Ranch approach to discipline?
We believe a child’s challenging behavior stems from one or more of six universal needs, safety, belonging, achievement, power, purpose and adventure, not being met. As such, we view such behavior as an opportunity for instruction rather than willfulness to punish. We understand there is a need to provide both structure to limit the present behavior and nurturing to facilitate lasting change. Any disciplinary interaction must align with the values contained in Cal Farley’s Model of Leadership & Service and all applicable internal and regulatory standards.

Boys Ranch

What is Boys Ranch?
Boys Ranch 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 Boys Ranch?
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. Boys Ranch 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 a case-by-case basis. The family and child provide the most accurate information in order for the child-care team to determine whether or not our services are a good fit for their need. And, though most have experienced challenges relationally, socially, academically and emotionally, families also may be struggling financially or experiencing times of transition. Most families report needing additional supervision and support for their child and themselves. Candidates must be able to be successful in a group living environment. Children may be denied placement for a variety of reasons, such as more aggressive physical behaviors or issues needing more intensive services.
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?
Boys Ranch 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 Boys Ranch 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.

Alumni Support

Do Boys Ranch 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 Boys Ranch each month. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need.
Are Boys Ranch scholarships only for four-year universities?
No. Because each alumni’s career goals are unique, Boys Ranch alumni scholarships may be used for trade school, junior college, university or graduate school.
Does Boys Ranch help alumni with housing?
One of the ways Boys Ranch provides a safety net is through the Boys Ranch Alumni Support Independent Living Center. The center provides a low-cost place to live for Boys Ranch 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. Boys Ranch Alumni Support staff also may at times help alumni to locate suitable, affordable housing in their local community.
What other help is available for Boys Ranch alumni?
Like any young adult in a traditional family, Boys Ranch 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.

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600 SW 11th Ave.
Amarillo, TX
79101 - 3228


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