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How does a Youth become a part of Sunbelt?
First, we have to acknowledge that change needs to happen!

Sunbelt accepts children considered to be "at-risk", regardless of social, religious or ethnic background.  Typically our youth are referred to Sunbelt by churches or someone close to the family that is concerned and looking to get help for the child.    Ultimately, in the majority of the cases, the natural parents make a direct placement of their child.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept everyone that applies.  The reasons being that we have placed internal restrictions on our program to assure quality, funding and space limitations,  and our ability to meet the child's need.

Children placed with Sunbelt are done so under a provisional custody agreement, where natural parents extend guardianship to Sunbelt without relinquishing any of their parental rights.  If a parent decides that they wish to withdraw their child, they are free to do so.   Typically, we are providing long term care at Sunbelt, although the goal is always to reunite the child with their parents when the issues that prompted them to become a resident at Sunbelt are no longer a factor. 

Upon receiving a telephone call from a parent, we ask them about their child and their situation and based upon their circumstances, space, and our ability to handle the child at the time, we may accept the child. Because it is impossible to predict when we will have an opening, we do not normally maintain a waiting list, however we do invite you to inquire regardless and we may be able to refer you elsewhere.

Families are not charged a fee for those students that we accept, however we do ask that they make some kind of regular contribution if they are able.  Failure to do so does not result in your child being removed from the program as this is a ministry; however any participation toward the care of your child is especially appreciated.

We accept boys and girls!

We work with ages infant through 18; however we do not accept any new resident that is over the age of 16. Children typically age out as they turn 18; however we have allowed students to remain at Sunbelt after they turn 18 in cases when they are attempting to finish school.  The goal is to develop life skills and work ethic in the youth prior to that time to give them the tools they need to be successful adults after they leave our program.

We do not accept children who have mental or physical handicaps which in the opinion of Sunbelt would impede our normal ranch activities.  We also do not accept youths that are seriously violent (armed assaults, rapists, murders).  We do not accept sexual predators (abuse toward younger children) or those that are heavily addicted to drugs presently.  Children placed at the ranch are placed in group homes with other children, two to a room and the issue of maintaining a safe and secure home is paramount to the success of our program.  All children must be able to learn to interact as part of a family, participating in family activities.

We will consider taking a child that has completed a drug rehab, where they have become dry from their drug addiction upon completion of that program and a review.


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WITH ISSUES RIGHT NOW:

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ARE INTERESTED IN MAKING AN APPLICATION FOR ACCEPTANCE AT SUNBELT:

COMPLETE THIS INITIAL FORM
Although, we welcome your telephone call and would be happy to discuss your personal situation with you, if you complete this form in advance of that telephone call, it affords our staff an opportunity to review the facts prior to that phone call.  This form is not an official application, but does allow us an opportunity to better understand your circumstances so that we can better assist you.

 

Sunbelt Christian Youth Ranch
8782 Old Highway 80
| Lake, Mississippi | 39092
601-775-3498
 


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