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Residential Services

Youth Horizons / Residential Services

Residential Services

(for Foster Care Youth)

 

Our residential program includes around-the-clock services at Kinloch Price Boys Ranch (KPBR) and Wren House (for girls and young women), both located in Valley Center. KPBR and Wren provide care for boys and girls, respectively, with severe individual and family challenges. In cases where youth are unable to live at home or find a foster home, Youth Horizons is equipped to help. KPBR, offering four homes, serves boys ages 10 to 22. Wren, offering two homes, serves girls ages 13 to 18. Both modern facilities offer fully staffed family-style group homes and each has a multipurpose education building. KPBR has capacity for 28 boys (7 in each home); Wren, 10 homes (five in each home).

Kinloch Price Boys Ranch
Kinloch Price Boys Ranch
Wren House

Admissions

Youth Horizons has helped many youth over the years through its residential services program. Our hope is that you find Kinloch Price Boys Ranch and Wren House are spaces where youth can prosper. Here are some admissions highlights to help you determine if Kinloch Price Boys Ranch is a good fit for you and your child.

  • Both KPBR and Wren are for youth who need medium- to long-term residential care. We effectively provide treatment to youth whose needs can be met in an open, family-style and nurturing environment. Youth are provided with age-appropriate responsibilities, freedoms and opportunities.
  • Boys admitted are largely ages 10-18, up to 21; and girls, ages 13-18.
  • We admit youth who have family problems and/or behavioral problems so serious that all other remedies have failed and the youth now need to live away from home. Many of the youth we accept have already gone through family therapy and residential care has been recommended as an option.
  • KPBR and Wren are equipped to treat youth who have serious academic difficulties, but who are functioning in the normal range of intelligence. Our youth attend local public schools in Valley Center, Ks.
  • Our primary commitment is to serve youth and families from Sedgwick County and surrounding counties. Youth are referred by social service agencies.


Please Note: at this time, Youth Horizons is only accepting youth who are currently in state custody.

Youth Horizons Residential Information

Profile of Youth Served

Youth Horizons effectively cares for children who want a family environment but need more structure than a typical foster home can provide. Most of the children have been involved in the state social service system and experienced some type of out-of-home placement prior to coming to Kinloch Price Boys Ranch. Characteristics of the youth we have served in the past include runaway behavior, aggressive behavior, serious behavioral issues, lack of success in school, drug or alcohol misuse, and/or they are victims of physical or sexual abuse.

The boys who live at Kinloch Price are educated on-site at the ranch. The curriculum used is provided through the Valley Center USD262 school district, and a professional, on-site teacher oversees their education. Many residents are four to five years behind in reading and other subjects. The on-site teacher, coaching parents, and tutors help them reach academic goals. Each student is encouraged to be involved in extracurricular activities according to their individual talents, interests and goals.

We are not equipped to help every child referred to Kinloch Price Boys Ranch. Youth who are acutely dangerous to themselves or others, including actively suicidal youth, youth with psychotic-like behavior or youth who are sexual perpetrators require treatment in a more secure environment. Acutely drug- or alcohol-addicted youth are required to complete a professional treatment program before admittance. Youth Horizons is not equipped to care for children with an IQ at or below 74.

Youth Horizons serves families from a range of racial, cultural, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds.

Individualized Treatment

Individualized treatment goals are developed for each youth during the first few weeks of placement. Youth are active members of the treatment team, together with parents (when appropriate), guardians, family coaches, assistant family coaches, social workers and other professionals. As much as possible, family coaches work closely with parents and guardians to keep them involved and informed about a youth’s progress as family reunification is pursued.

Teaching Model Used at the Boys Home

Youth Horizons uses the Boys Town Teaching and Treatment Model. This time-tested tool for empowering youth is not a control or punishment model or a standard counseling model. Rather, it is a self-help model. Our goal is not to frustrate youth, but to help them meet their needs in pro-social ways. This requires a low tolerance for inappropriate behaviors, coupled with high warmth and praise for appropriate behaviors. Research indicates the model works. In one measure of success, studies show that 90 percent of Girls and Boys Town students graduate from high school.

Family Involvement in the Residential Treatment

Family reunification is vigorously pursued by the staff of Kinloch Price Boys Ranch. Family members are encouraged to be involved with their children who are staying at Kinloch Price. When appropriate, immediate family and guardians are invited to family activities and organizational events, and assist their child in reaching treatment goals. Children may go on family visits when approved by the child’s social worker and/or Kinloch Price Boys Ranch administration.

Length of Stay at the Boys Home

The average stay for a child in a Youth Horizons residence is 12 months. In some situations, placements have lasted more than two years. It is our desire that Kinloch Price be the last out-of-home placement for a child. When it’s in the child’s best interest (and with state approval) we are willing to have a child stay at Kinloch Price Boys Ranch until he is 22 years old.

Christian Focus of our Boys Home

Our youth come from a variety of religious backgrounds. A child does not have to be Christian or even interested in Christianity to live at Kinloch Price; they simply need to be willing to live in an environment where Christian principles are put into practice. Regular church attendance, devotional time, community service and Christian religious observances are routine components of our program. Youth Horizons, Inc. and Kinloch Price Boys Ranch are not affiliated with a specific religious denomination.

Expertise in Residential Care

The residential treatment provided by Kinloch Price Boys Ranch has been established through training from Boys Town, a program based around the belief that every child, regardless of circumstance, deserves the opportunity to succeed.

Experience in Residential Care

Youth Horizons has a rich history of serving boys with special needs. From 1996 to 2005, Youth Horizons cared for 75 boys through the Martin House, our residential facility located in downtown Wichita. The Kinloch Price Boys Ranch was established in 2007.

Contact Youth Horizons for further detailed admissions guidelines.