Hopeful parents are blindsided with the horrific and shocking truth about Ranch for Kids comes to light.
Why Families Chose to Send Their Kids to Ranch For Kids
The Ranch For Kids in Montana marketed itself as a treatment facility program where adopted children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and other behavior disorders could receive therapy to help with living a fulfilled life. Many children were sent there because they struggled to develop a healthy relationship with their caregiver/parent, had delayed development, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues. The parents of these children trusted that the Ranch For Kids program would benefit their child and ultimately their family dynamic. For many families, this seemed like their only option. Over the past year, the truth about what has gone on at Ranch For Kids has come to light.
The Harsh Realities Families Faced When Ranch For Kids Was Shut Down
On July 23, 2019, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services showed up to Ranch For Kids in Rexford, Montana after anonymous tips reporting that children were being abused. Parents were not notified that their children were being removed from the program and were given a very short time frame to coordinate the next steps for their children. One mother of a Ranch for Kids attendee living in Oklahoma tells her story about how her son confirmed the accusations and shared that he experienced verbal abuse. Parents paid between $4,000 and $5,000 a month to Ranch For Kids, thinking that it was money well spent to get their child the best care available.
When the children returned home the families experienced a magnitude of ripple effects. They had signed a contract that promised their child would receive treatment, care, and a positive experience. When they discovered that their child experienced the opposite of that it hurt to the very core of the family. Parents tried to get refunds, proper care, and therapy for their children but struggled when Ranch For Kids refused to give any refunds. Parents feel betrayed by Ranch For Kids and Bill Sutley for allowing such treacherous things to be allowed. Parents of the removed children are now calling for justice.
All the while, the Executive Director Bill Sutley is withholding refunds of tuition, appealing the revocation of the Ranch For Kids license, and plans to reopen the Ranch For Kids program as quickly as possible.
What is the Button Law Firm Doing to Help Ranch For Kids Survivors and Their Families?
We are currently working with and representing a number of families and survivors from Ranch For Kids. Our goal is to fight for justice so that you can keep moving forward. The statute of limitations for parents who want to file a complaint is 8 years. Meaning, you have up to 8 years after the initial experience to file a complaint and seek compensation. We understand that if your family has gone through this terrible experience at the hands of Ranch For Kids it can be hard to talk about the extent of the impact it has had on your family. We want to help make this process as simple as possible. Please reach out to us today to file a complaint and to take steps towards getting you and your child the justice you rightfully deserve.