Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Valley Teen Ranch?
- Is Valley Teen Ranch a real ranch?
- Where is Valley Teen Ranch located?
- What is your philosophy? What are your goals?
- How is Valley Teen Ranch different?
- Where do the residents come from?
- What do the residents do at the ranch?
- Do you work with the resident’s family?
- How are you qualified to do this work?
- How is the ranch staffed?
- Will you build more homes?
- Are you sponsored by a particular church or organization?
- Where do your funds come from?
- How can I help?
Valley Teen Ranch, Inc. includes licenses for the following programs: three residential group homes on an 80 acre ranch in Madera, a therapeutic foster family agency, and an adoption agency. In 2003, a Transitional Living Home was opened for young men ages 18 to 25 years old.
Valley Teen Ranch is a group home for troubled young boys, called a residential treatment facility or group home. The group homes are on an 80 acre ranch where there are horses, goats, pigs and other animals. Also, there are vocational and recreational programs, a Community Day School operated in partnership with Golden Valley Unified School District, and a ropes course.
Our ranch facility is located in southern Madera county, just north of Fresno. Our office is located at
2610 W. Shaw Ln., Ste. 105
Fresno, CA 93711.
Valley Teen Ranch is committed to the counseling and training of young people who have experienced social and emotional difficulties from abuse, neglect or delinquent behavior. Our goal is to return them back to their homes or foster care and communities as an asset rather than a liability. Our philosophy is that a loving, stable family environment is the best way to accomplish these goals.
Valley Teen Ranch is different from most child care agencies in the area because of its “family farm” environment, rather than a dorm-style setting or urban house. Valley Teen Ranch has a committed, caring staff who are at the ranch around the clock. This provides the children with the sense of stability and security they so desperately need at this time in their lives.
Originally, Valley Teen Ranch is built to meet the needs of youngsters from the San Joaquin Valley. Young people are placed with Valley Teen Ranch by county juvenile courts and social services agencies from any county in the state.
Young people who come to live at the ranch may be there for 12 to 18 months. Like any home, there are housekeeping chores, meals to prepare, homework to do and recreation time. Like any family farm, there are many outside chores like feeding the horses, irrigating the pasture, and landscaping. Learning to work hard and play hard are part of a healthy growing-up experience.
Yes! We believe strongly that if a child is hurting, the whole family needs healing. Valley Teen Ranch has a strong family therapy component to help whole families develop healthy relationships.
Valley Teen Ranch is licensed as a residential group home by the California Department of Social Services, with clearance from the State Fire Marshall and Madera County Health Department. The Ranch is a Nationally Accredited Member of CARF, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. We have modeled our program after the highly successful Teen Ranch of Marlette, Michigan, which operated for over thirty-five years.
The primary child care staff and supervisors work full time with our residents. All are highly trained, compassionate individuals who care for our youth by working ten hour shifts four days a week. In addition to child care workers, there are social workers and office staff. The Chief Executive Officer, Connie R. Clendenan, MSW, oversees the program and staff.
Our growth plans include helping more agencies as the needs arise. We consult with other agencies to help them add group homes and foster care to their programs.
No. Valley Teen Ranch is not sponsored by any one group. We enjoy wide support from many individuals, churches, civic groups, private foundations and businesses in the San Joaquin Valley.
The Ranch is partly funded through federal, state and county aid to families with dependent children (AFDC) and government foster care monies. As a nonprofit corporation, the balance of our funds must come from charitable contributions by individuals and groups. These contributions allow us to go the “extra mile” in caring for young people with great needs.
There are several ways you can help the Ranch. First, you can lend your time and talent to us. Are you a Carpenter? Welder? Mechanic? Artist? Tutor? Coach? Photographer? You can take a little time and help a young boy by giving away your skill. Second, you can help us by donating items to the Ranch. A house for 14 people and an 80-acre farm need lots of different odds and ends… are some of them gathering dust at your house? Third, you can help us financially. In order to insure a growing program with quality care for young people, 20% of the annual budget must be covered by charitable donations. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in a young person’s life!