real life children’s ranch
Real Life Children’s Ranch
Christian Residential Group Home
Real Life Children’s Ranch exists to provide a Christian residential group home that cares for boys and girls who have been abused, abandoned, and/or neglected. Real Life Children’s Ranch is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization approved by the State of Florida. The children typically range in age from five to seventeen. Our goal is to give children the best possible care in a secure family atmosphere and to guide them into fulfilling and productive futures.
mission and purpose
Real Life Children’s Ranch is not merely a facility to house abused and abandoned children, but it is a loving, caring environment where the children learn the richness of a well-rounded life. We have four beautifully constructed homes, each housing up to six foster children, the staff and their children. Each home has a set of full time professional parents which creates the basis for a consistent level of care proven successful because it so closely emulates family life. Our homes operate as a family doing things like grocery shopping, homework, meals, attending church and community activities together.
Furthermore, Real Life Children’s Ranch is one of the few places in the state designed to care for sibling groups. Sibling groups often have to be separated when they become part of the foster care system. When siblings placed in foster care have to be separated, this further contributes to the disruption and trauma they have already experienced. At Real Life Children’s Ranch we strive to keep siblings together, therefore a large percentage of the children in our care are sibling groups.
At Real Life Children’s Ranch, one of our most important missions is to build hope and character in children. In finding hope a child becomes able to look past the tragedies in their background and find motivation in a bright future. As a child’s character develops, he/she is able to make right choices regardless of their environment and/or circumstances. Real Life Children’s Ranch is committed to providing a stable, loving and learning environment for the children in our care.
Since the Ranch began in 1957, it continues to meet the highest standards for childcare. Since its inception, Real Life Children’s Ranch has had a tremendous success rate in turning the lives of hundreds of children into productive and useful members of society. Many of these children have maintained relationships with their Ranch family as adults.
programs and activities
Dance and Drama Team: In addition to the many sports, activities and programs in which the children are involved, we also offer the opportunity for each child to participate in our Dance and Drama team named Silent Deliverance. This team of children expresses a story or message accompanied by music, which is presented in churches, hospitals, parks, and for various organizations. Silent Deliverance has proven to be a life-changing tool in the lives of our children, as well as in the lives of many individuals who have been able to experience it.
Ranch Life: Raising animals on the Ranch is an integral part of the children’s lives. Some of the children are involved in 4-H and F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America). They are each responsible for the care, maintenance and showing of either a cow (dairy or beef), a hog, or both. Every year from January to April, the children travel to Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando and then back to Okeechobee to show their animals.
Recreation: Real Life Children’s Ranch has a large campus with over 30 acres for the children to live and play. The beautifully wooded and open landscape at the Ranch allows children the opportunity for numerous outdoor activities. Playgrounds, horseback riding, basketball courts, volley ball areas, a picturesque pond and more provide year round fun and adventures for our children.