In the meantime, we’re above the law, because parents desperate enough to ship their kids here don’t ask questions.
The Ranch For Kids has been operating without a license since 2010, and that’s cool, because Jesus: Ranch owner Joyce Sterkel is appealing that order in court, saying the ranch has become part of a church mission and is no longer under the *board’s authority.
Why does the board care? Oh just a few “nitpicky” things like no background checks on employees who are working with children: An inspection that was part of the license application process found deficiencies that included a failure to show the ranch’s buildings are up to code, the lack of a disaster plan, no background checks or commercial drivers’ licenses for employees and no student handbook or statement on the rights of the program participants.
FSM help those kids. I wouldn’t board my cat at an outfit like this.
Ranch officials have previously refused entry to state inspectors […]. Cockrell, a deputy fire marshal, and electrical and plumbing inspectors tried to look at the ranch property in April 2009. Cockrell also asked a law enforcement official along because of what he believed was “threatening behavior” by ranch manager William Sutley.Sutley met them and denied them access to conduct their inspections, the first time Cockrell said that has ever happened to him.
Everything’s fine, though. Just ask the satisfied customers. (No, not the adoptees–don’t be silly. The APs.)
*That’s the Montana Board of Private Alternative Adolescent Residential and Outdoor Programs. What a mouthful.