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Dakota Boys And Girls Ranch

Rating: 4 stars   1 review 374

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Mental Health, Human Services, Religion


6301 19th Ave. NW Minot ND 58703 USA


Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch provides the best, and most innovative, trauma-informed care to kids and families through Residential Treatment Facilities, Outpatient Psychiatric and Psychological Services, and Spiritual Life Programs. In addition, Dakota Memorial School (DMS) provides a quality education for kids who have special learning needs because of psychiatric, behavioral and trauma issues—giving them the opportunity to learn, grow, and feel like human beings.


The Ranch is accredited through CARF. We have served nearly 30,000 children and families (from 36 different states) since our start in 1952.

Target demographics:

children, ages 10-17, who have mental health issues, developmental difficulties, autism-spectrum disorders, and other issues for which they need treatment.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

about 1,000 children and their families.

Geographic areas served:

North Dakota (processes available for admission from children out of state)


Residential Treatment, Outpatient Psychiatric and Psychological Services, Schools, and Spiritual Life Programs. All Ranch programs and services are trauma-informed and focus on the specific needs of each child.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've worked at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch since 1998. They have truly changed many children's lives. One child loved the Horse Program, and in particular, her horse Itch. This child had issues with anger, stemming from a tough home life. At one point in the summer of 2010, she helped another girl overcome her fear of horses by taking her out to the pasture with a staff-led group, allowing her to pet Itch and to stand beside her all the time. This was a beautiful moment when our resident could feel "success"--something she dearly needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as a servant team staff leader in 2010. Christian church youth visited the Ranch and saw first-hand the fruits of "their labor" to a population that is considered at-risk. They learned so much!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More easily allow other children from outside North Dakota to become residents of our successful programs for at-risk youth.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?


What is unique about this organization?

Christian-based mission.

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