The Ranch For Kids (2013)

| Documentary, Drama, News
American couples adopt children languishing in foreign orphanages, hoping that a loving home will heal the scars of abuse and neglect. Heartfelt becomes heartache when the parents discover ... See full summary »

Director:

Jesse Nesser

Writer:

Jesse Nesser
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Storyline

American couples adopt children languishing in foreign orphanages, hoping that a loving home will heal the scars of abuse and neglect. Heartfelt becomes heartache when the parents discover that their adopted child suffers from severe psychological and behavioral disorders which now threaten the stability of their home, and sometimes, even the lives of their family members. When all other treatment options have failed, a ranch in the remote Northwestern corner of Montana offers these families one last hope: an unconventional program run by a unique team of people aimed at helping the children control their anti social behaviors. Set against the boundless beauty of rural Montana, The Ranch For Kids is a moving documentary about the elusive journey to unconditional love. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

User Reviews

 
Infomercial
1 January 2015 | by mothervoltaireSee all my reviews

I have only seen the trailer, but that is all that is necessary to see it is nothing more than an infomercial meant to repair the well-deserved bad reputation Ranch for Kids has gotten over the years for being a dumping grounds for unwanted Russian children adopted by Americans.

Ranch for Kids famously barred the Russian Children's Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov from entering the grounds to talk with the children to see if they were being treated humanely.

The Ranch for Kids website still shows that it is still closely aligned with a fringe psychotherapy ("Attachment/Holding Therapy") that uses coercive restraint *as therapy,* along with its highly authoritarian parenting methods – which were condemned in 2006 by the American Psychological Association's Division on Child Maltreatment. (The Ranch for Kids website specifically recommends psychotherapist Ronald Federici who promotes an especially dangerous and painful prone restraint to enforce commands. Note that the trailer shows an adult sitting on a boy.)

In 2013 authorities threatened to close Ranch for Kids for operating without a residential treatment center license. Russian authorities claim they have asked authorities to close Ranch for Kids. The film suggests that Ranch for Kids now has a "counselor" but there is no evidence she is licensed; she rather seems to be the Founder and "bishop" of her own Order of Healing Apostles, and apparently her practices tend to the bizarre, e.g. Reiki and Pranic Healing.

Ranch for Kids is for children with "Reactive Attachment Disorder," but the owner is actually referring to a bogus condition called "Attachment Disorder" -- an unrecognized diagnosis with a laundry list of signs so long that any child would qualify as having this phony condition. The AD diagnosis is handy in allowing parents to justify abandoning any unwanted child to Ranch for Kids.


0 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed