Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for youth and their families, a place of healing and hope unlike any you’ve known. A place where troubled kids and their families find professional care, compassionate expertise and new possibilities. A place where we look the most troubled, complex, and amazing kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves in this world and in Christ.
Each day, the Ranch provides hope, care and healing for the most complicated and hurting kids on its campuses in Bismarck, Fargo, and Minot, ND. At any one time, over 90 children, ages 10-18, are at the Ranch for psychiatric residential treatment or residential child care (also known as group foster care).
These children have experienced severe emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges and come from diverse backgrounds, cultures and religions. They work hard, with our professional expertise and guidance, to overcome issues like conduct disorder, autism spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, sexual offending; and issues related to trauma, abuse and neglect.
The Ranch’s compassionate and professional experts provide best in class (psychiatric) therapy and trauma-informed care. We are attentive to each child’s unique mental, physical, educational and spiritual needs. Our ministry’s success in serving children and families is attributed in great part to our Spiritual Life Program, which is not provided by secular agencies. Children attend Chapel, sing in the choir, attend Bible Studies and confirmation classes. Each year we welcome children into God’s arms through Baptism and Confirmation. Children who choose to not participate in Spiritual Life programming, become part of the Ranch Life groups and learn good citizenship, morals and how to engage with others in the community.
The Ranch was established in 1952 with a mission to help at-risk children and their families succeed in the name of Christ. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Mission Partner of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), an Affiliated Social Ministry Organization of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA), and a founding member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA).
Joy Ryan, President/CEO
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
Direct: (701) 551-6821
Cell: (701) 238-3743
Main Switchboard: 1-800-593-3098
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