FAQs

What is your campus like? closeopen

Eagle Ranch encourages children to be active on our beautiful, wooded 315-acre campus. Boys and girls live in one of 10 homes (6 boys’ homes, 4 girls’ homes) in a neighborhood-like setting. Children benefit from an on-campus, SACS-accredited school for grades 6-9, dedicated equine center and a variety of recreational facilities.

Why do children come to Eagle Ranch? closeopen

Families turn to Eagle Ranch when emotional and behavioral issues with their child have reached a crisis point. Sometimes, this occurs after a traumatic event, such as a death in the family, or as a result of a build-up of problems that have not been addressed.

How long do the children stay? closeopen

The average stay is between 18 months and two years.

How are families/guardians involved with their child during his or her season at Eagle Ranch? closeopen

Eagle Ranch provides a healthy environment for children to be reconciled with their families. Children go home every other weekend and on holidays to keep the family connected and practice what they’ve learned through the Ranch. Families participate in counseling, parent support groups, worship nights, educational events and more. Our goal is to help the entire family restore and strengthen relationships, communication, accountability and resiliency.

Where do the children come from? closeopen

The majority come from the Ranch’s base in Northeast Georgia. However, children have been referred to the Ranch from more than 30 counties within an 80-mile radius of our campus. Referrals typically come from schools, counselors, regional medical facilities, churches, concerned friends or family members and/or the juvenile court system.

Do families have to pay? closeopen

No child has ever been turned away because of the inability to pay. Eagle Ranch serves families in crisis regardless of their financial situation. More than 95% of Eagle Ranch’s program costs are covered through donations. This independent funding makes our services accessible to many low and moderate income families who might not otherwise be able to afford the type of care we provide. We do charge a small fee, based on income, to affirm a family’s commitment to our program.

What are the ages of the children at Eagle Ranch? closeopen

Ages range from 8 to 18 for boys and girls in the program. However, children must be 8-15 years old at the time of intake.

What are some of the criteria for acceptance into the program? closeopen
  • Entry age of 8 to 15 for girls and boys.
  • Mild to moderate emotional and/or behavioral problems.
  • Minimum I.Q. score of 70.
  • Reside within 80 miles of Eagle Ranch.
  • Parents or extended family must agree to be involved in counseling.
  • Child must be alcohol and substance-abuse free at time of entry.
Where is Eagle Ranch located? closeopen

Eagle Ranch is located on 310-acres of wooded land four miles off Interstate 85 in southern Hall County, Georgia, about 50 miles north of Atlanta.

Actual Address: 5500 Union Church Road, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542

How is Eagle Ranch different from other children’s homes? closeopen

Eagle Ranch is not solely a custodial or residential program. Working with both the child and family members, our program uses an integrated approach that models home life, emphasizes education, incorporates individual and group counseling, and is built on Christian principles. Our aim is for renewal: of the child’s individual purpose and identity; of positive relationships among family members; and of hope for a more promising future for everyone we serve.

Do you receive any public funding? closeopen

Little to none.

How are my donations used? closeopen

Donations to our general operating budget enable us to provide a home for nearly 70 children, operate our SACS accredited, on-campus school and provide professional counseling for all of our children and their families .

Where do you get your money? closeopen

Almost entirely from private sources, which include individuals, corporations, foundations and churches.