One of the primary goals of treatment at the Ranch is to return the youth to their community as soon as possible. Since the placement is viewed as temporary, we believe that it is very important to work in partnership with parents and families. The more that families can stay involved in their child’s treatment, the greater the opportunity for success.
How can you stay involved and assist in treatment?
- Telephone contact
The telephone is available to all youth who live at the Ranch, and each youth has the right to make and receive their personal calls in private and to make and/or receive local and long distance calls to their families. Certain restrictions may be necessary to ensure that the phone is available for everyone’s use.
- Family workshops/family camps
Families are encouraged to attend and participate in workshops, family days, and family camps hosted periodically by the agency. These events are designed to provide information, support, and fun.
- Writing/social media
Youth are encouraged to maintain contact with families and friends through the mail. There is no screening of outgoing or incoming mail, but in rare cases youth may be asked to open mail or parcels in front of a staff member if there is reason to believe that harmful items (such as drugs) are being sent to the youth. With permission and supervision, youth may also connect family members using social media such as facebook, email, skype, and twitter.
- Home visits/contact visits
Holiday and weekend visits are arranged throughout the year, depending upon the location of the youth’s home and other family considerations. If the parents live too far away for the youth to visit regularly, staff at the Ranch try to locate other closer relatives. Visits from family members are always welcomed, but arrangements should be made in advance. There is a home on the Pilot Butte campus (McNamara House) where families can stay while visiting their child. Family members are also encouraged to participate in annual events hosted by the Ranch.
- Quarterly planning
Parents are also encouraged to attend the quarterly planning conferences which are held every three months. These meetings review the progress which has been made, plan the next steps, and to look at possible future living arrangements.