What are the ages of the children you take and how long do they stay in your program? We accept boys and girls ages 7-17 and the average stay is 2 years for our program. At the end of each school year, an evaluation is done with their live-in house parents, their teacher and case manager to determine if a child should return to our program. This is only a recommendation and the parent can withdraw their child at any time.
What does it mean when you say your program is voluntary? We are not a lock-up facility. Our program is not set up to keep a child regardless of their will. We ask the parent and child to reach an agreement to work within the guidelines of our program. We can often help in this process during a pre-admission interview.
How much is the cost? Students are accepted on the basis of need and the desire to participate rather than the ability to pay. We do incur an average cost of $1500 to $1800 a month per student to house, feed and educate our students. We ask families to pay what they can to help us off set these costs but know most families are unable to afford the full amount. This is the reason we reach out to our local community for support and have several fundraisers throughout the year.
Do those your serve live on the property? Yes, we are a residential facility and the students do stay on property. They have a short visitation each Sunday and are allowed to go home on designated weekends throughout the school year.
Is there anything I (the parent) have to do? We want to come alongside the families and know it will take this team effort to be successful. We do ask parents to attend one of our parenting classes during the week and a Chapel service on Sunday’s at 3:00.
How many children do you serve? Each cottage has 8-10 students each and at full capacity our number would be 71.
Do the children go to school at the Ranch? Yes, our school is on site and we keep a ratio of one teacher for 8 to 10 students.
What are some of the reason’s families look to you for help? There can be many factors but some of the reason’s a family may seek help with us are; ADD, ADHD, ODD, OCD diagnosis, abuse, some drug use either with the child or in the family, behavioral/disruptive issues either at home, school or both. Often we see the acting out of a child in some form as a result of the break down of the family unit, either through divorce, loss of a parent, or children being raised by another family member.
How are you funded? Our funding comes through the support of our local community through donations, grants and gifts in kind. We also organize several fundraising events and continue to expand our volunteer support.
Who owns Edgewood? Edgewood Children’s Ranch is not affiliated with any other children’s home and is independently controlled by a board of directors.
Is Edgewood affiliated with any church denomination? Edgewood is not affiliated with any church denomination.
Who oversees or who is Edgewood certified by? Edgewood is registered with the Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies (FACCCA).