How to Refer a Child

Do you know a child or sibling group who needs help? After reviewing our Program and the Placement Requirements, you will have a better idea if Liberty Youth Ranch is the right solution. If you need more information, we are happy to speak with you.

We are experienced in working with a variety of referral sources including:

  • School guidance counselors
  • Teachers
  • Pastors
  • Therapists
  • Florida’s Department of Children and Families
  • Grandparents
  • Single parents
  • Shelters (Emergency, Youth, Homeless, Abuse)

Candidates for Placement

Candidates are at-risk children between the ages of 4 thru 15 who are in need of structure, stability, and a place to call home. Although the reasons may vary, the common denominator for our children is that due to circumstances beyond their control, they are in need of a placement. They need a solid, Christian home and a chance to realize and fulfill God’s plan for their lives.

We will always remain committed to providing services to this vulnerable and important group. These children desperately need a comfortable, stable, structured, and supportive living environment, a chance to be children and safely grow into independency.

Guidelines for Placement

The following guidelines are used to determine placement at Liberty Youth Ranch:

  • IQ of 70 or above
  • Must be able to function successfully in a school setting
  • Youth with mild to moderate emotional and/or behavioral problems, evaluated on an individual, case-by-case basis
  • No active suicidal or homicidal threats, ideation, or behavior currently or in recent history
  • No current drug/alcohol dependencies
  • No history of sexual offending behavior or sexual perpetration
  • Youth committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice will not be eligible for admission to Liberty Youth Ranch.

Admission Process

If you need assistance with our admission process, please email or call (239) 597-7070. We look forward to connecting with you.

1. Complete the Pre-Admission application – completed by a referring person or agency

2. Complete admissions packet in full – this may include (but is not limited to)

  • Application for admission
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Medical Exam (no more than 90 days old)
  • Immunization Records (including PPD-TB test within last 6 months)
  • Dental and Vision exam (no more than 1 year old)
  • School records (including any testing and IEPs)
  • IQ Test
  • Psychological evaluations
  • Past treatment records, including why prior placements were not adequate
  • Any court, custody and/or dependency orders
  • Court Ordered Case Plan

3. Participate in an Admissions Interview

4. Remainder of Admission packet completed and Admittance Date Set

  • Placement agreements
  • Agreement with Discipline Policy, Client’s Rights, and Grievance Policy
  • Power of Attorney (if child is a “private” client)

5. Admittance to Liberty Youth Ranch