Boys ages 6 to 14 are considered for admission without regard to race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Upon referral by a school counselor, psychologist, pastor, or parent/guardian, ranch administration will require the parent or placing agent to submit a complete application for the child. Once this information is in hand and the boy appears to be a good candidate for our program, an interview and pre-placement visit is arranged. This is a weekend visit to determine if the Ranch can meet the needs of the child. If the boy is appropriate for placement, the second part of the application process is to be returned with current dental and physical examinations, immunization records, social security card, birth certificate, and other documents needed for placement.
Ben Richey Boys Ranch is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a 24-hour general residential operation, authorized to admit boys from 6 to 14 years of age. Ben Richey Boys Ranch is a member of the Texas Coalition of Homes for Children, Southwestern Association of Executives of Homes for Children and Coalition for Residential Education (CORE).