Services Overview

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Services Overview

A Second Chance at a Fresh Start

O’Connell gives a child a second chance and a fresh start in life. The Ranch staff often succeeds with it’s proven teaching family programs where others have failed. O’Connell prepares children for:

  • Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Reintegration back with their families
  • Time when they must support themselves

How We Help

Teaching Parents

We provide a family setting with Teaching Parents that live in the home 24/7. There are 3 homes with each home housing 8 boys ages 11-18. Learn more about our House Parents.

In the home, skills are constantly reinforced by example and role play. In a real way, this unique home setting seeks to help boys learn to help themselves and learn to prepare for the challenging and competitive world awaiting them at maturity.

The following skills are taught:

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Living

Housekeeping, laundry and cooking.

Communications

Eye contact, body posture and voice tone.

Social Skills

Accept responsibility for behavior, anger management, and following directions. Also respecting authority and peer relationships.

Academic

Planning ahead, study skills, and college search and preparation (SAT and ACT prep, FAFSA/Grants/Scholarships applications work).

Independent Living Skills

Money management, job interviews, car buying, apartment hunting and community involvement.

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Additional Services

Education

Our boys attend South Middle School and Lawrence High School. There are also opportunities to obtain a GED via the Diploma Completion School.

Other Activities

Boys are allowed the opportunity for extra curricular activities with transportation provided when needed in school and in the community.

Additional Help/Monitoring

We have a para who supervises our boys in the school setting and gives them help when needed. A Certified Teacher provides tutoring services several times per week.

Mental Health Support

Hall and Associates come to OYR to provide individual, family and group therapy sessions as needed (Bird House Project, anger management, social skills).

Boys receive drug and alcohol services through Professional Treatment Services in Lawrence

Each home is supported by a case coordinator. Each youth has an Individualized Program Plan to encourage them through their journey to completion of their stay.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center – For mental health needs (medication evaluations and other mental health needs)