Edgewood Children’s Ranch provides children and their families a safe environment to change their behaviors and the course of their lives. Our “cottage life” or residential program allows children to live with others in a family-style unit and emphasizes the development of responsibility, accountability, self-control and faithfulness. On weekdays children attend Edgewood Ranch Academy, our on-site private Christian school. Although many of our students arrive one to three years below grade level, our personalized approach builds the confidence and accountability needed to advance.
Children come to us voluntarily and must agree to follow certain guidelines and participate fully in our program. Most children stay with us for two years and we are currently able to accommodate up to 50 children at a time.
Edgewood Ranch has had an impact on so many lives in Central Florida since it started in 1966. Read some of the stories of a few of our past Ranchers.
The Ranch was my home for 2 years as a child. Looking back I can see the impact that the Ranch had on my life. I am forever grateful that the Lord provided this temporary home to save me from my environment. I am blessed to have the opportunity to come back and serve at the Ranch and ensure its mission is fulfilled.
Chad A. Barr
Before Edgewood Ranch, I was running with the wrong crowd, I had a 1.5 GPA in school and I got into a lot of fights. During my two years at the Ranch, I earned the Rancher of the Year award and I graduated from High School with a 3.5 GPA. I am now looking toward a bright future because of the staff that poured into my life. Maybe I will be the next Ranch Director.
Edgewood has been one of the biggest factors in the success of my life. Before the Ranch, I was getting ready to go into the Juvenile detention center. I was fighting with my family and I was on an extremely bad path. I'm blessed to have a beautiful family, a company I have run for 20+ years and I am now the new Ranch Director. The Ranch has helped make this possible.