Residential youth care

kidsResidential youth care provides youth between the ages of 12 and 18 with a structured living experience to meet individual needs and prepare youth to return to their families, live independently, or to enter the world of employment.

All our residential programs are made up of a unit manager, a trained professional who heads the residential team. The team is made up of a caseworker, youth care leaders, youth care workers, and a housemother. These people work together with the education team to deliver a holistic treatment program.


Ranch Ehrlo offers the following residential treatment services for youth:

Intake and assessment services
These services are designed for intake, stabilization, and assessment of the youth entering our program. The majority of the residents coming to Ranch Ehrlo Society begin here. The Ranch believes in understanding each resident. Initial information about the youth is provided through documentation from the referring agency. Further understanding is sought through individual and family contact with the clinical caseworker and behavioural observations of the youth by the residential and educational teams.

Residential treatment services
The focus of these services is to continue the treatment process that began at the intake and assessment phases, and to prepare the resident for independence, returning home, or for placement in a foster home. While living at the Ranch facilities each youth participates in daily group-living experiences that focus on co-operation, communication, and planned activities.

Group living services
Group living services provide community-based care and support for youth and prepare them for independence or other group living settings. Programming focuses on providing residents with opportunities for greater independence and less intensive supports. There are life skill building opportunities available to clients such as shopping, meal preparation, accessing social services, and other life skills.

Youth transition services
The service is for youth ages 16 to 21 that require support successfully navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Youth participate in making decisions while continuing to be provided support, education, and financial assistance. Focus is on daily life skills, community/family connectedness, medical resources, community involvement, and vocational/education skills.


Our group homes across the province are designed to respond to the needs of the resident living in each home. Some of the issues that we help youth work through include:

  • Substance abuse
  • Sexually intrusive behaviours
  • Conduct disorder
  • Suicide ideation
  • Self harm