Joy Ranch is a residential program for children. Our admissions are decided on a case by case basis. We take into consideration the appropriateness of each child for our program by looking at their needs and availability of space in the cottages. We accept private referrals of children in need as well as children in custody of the state for either long term or emergency placement.

For more information call and ask for our admissions coordinator at 276-236-5578 or click here to contact by email:

All children must meet the minimum admissions criteria as follows:

Boys or Girls ages 5 - 17

Children must have an IQ of 70 or above

Children/ adolescents with mild to moderate emotional and/ or behavioral problems, such as depression, anxiety, oppositional/ defiant behavior, lying, stealing, school conduct problems, academic underachievement, poor social skills, issues related to past abuse, poor anger management, poor self image, etc.

Children/ adolescents exhibiting more severe problems will be evaluated on an individual, case by case basis.

No history of sexual offending behavior or sexual perpetration (unless treatment has been completed and the child is referred by a clinical professional).

No history of major criminal activity.

Children must be free of any alcohol or drug addictions.

Joy Ranch accepts referrals from numerous sources which includes, but is not limited to, the Department of Social Services, private agencies, mental health agencies and individuals such as parents and legal guardians.

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Intake Procedure for Admissions

Application Packets may be requested and mailed to your address and you may mail or bring the completed application to our office. An application packet for admission must be completed. The child and parent(s) or guardian must come to Joy Ranch for a pre-placement interview. An application packet for admission must be completed. The child and parent(s) or guardian must come to Joy Ranch for a pre-placement interview. A completed physical evaluation, including standing orders and TB evaluation must be submitted prior to admission. If the admission is an emergency placement, the physical must be completed within 30 days after the admission.

Any other pertinent information such as school records (including IEP's, and 504K), psychiatric information and medical information to include medical, dental, and optometrist information must be submitted along with the application. Out of state residents must complete an interstate compact form which must be sent to their state and the Virginia interstate compact for approval. Consent to exchange information forms must be signed and submitted.

If you have any questions about admissions at Joy Ranch, we invite you to call us at 276-236-5578 or click here to contact us by email:

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to participate in the care of their children by attending program reviews and the Family events.

Joy Ranch Program

Residential care is provided for dependent and needy children from all over the United States, who require placement because of death, tragedy, abuse, neglect, or other unsatisfactory or necessitating family distress situations. Children are not simply "clients" at Joy Ranch, but unique individuals entrusted into our care. All children attend public schools and are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. Joy Ranch provides care for children on a year round, 24-hour per day basis.