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The Buckeye Ranch

Who We Are: For the last 60 years, we’ve provided mental, emotional, and behavioral health, child welfare, and education services to children, youth, and families throughout Central and Southwest Ohio. Our continuum of care addresses every stage and aspect of what children may be experiencing after traumas caused by mental illness, abuse, or neglect. Through residential, community-based, day treatment options, foster care, and child welfare services, our experts put each family and their strengths at the core. We also call on our community partners to assist with other services, so every child, youth, and family receives comprehensive treatment that enables them to heal.

What We Do: We are committed to family centered, culturally competent, and strength focused treatment. While specific services may change, our focus on strength remains. We recognize the unique experiences of our families and tailor treatment to their needs. We believe that for a child to be successful, the family must be at the table, whatever their family may look like, be it foster parents, birth parents or kinship caregivers. Many of our families have faced seemingly insurmountable adversity and our trauma informed approach allows us to identify and reinforce their strengths to help set in motion healing and lasting change.

How We Impact the Community: In the last year alone, our work has impacted the lives of 6,000 children, youth, and families; our Day Treatment program The Bonner Academies helped 95% of youth stay in or complete school through intervention, advocacy, and consultation with local schools; our Foster Care team found safe and loving homes for 545 children and youth; and our team helped countless families break cycles of trauma and abuse at the root of mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges.

How You Can Help:

  • Make an investment in our work and the wellbeing of our community.

  • Reach out to reserve your spot at our 60th Anniversary event on May 5th at Express Live!

  • Become an Advocate!

  • Connect with our team to learn more about our work and the ways in which it affects the overall health and success of our community.

  • Engage and invest your time at The Buckeye Ranch by volunteering. Volunteer opportunities include our Adopt-a-Family holiday support program, events, beautification projects on our campuses, and more. Open your heart and your home by becoming a Foster Parent!

Connect with The Buckeye Ranch

4653 East Main Street

Whitehall, OH 43213


Executive Director: Vickie Thompson-Sandy

Development Director: Jessica Brown

Board Chair: Mark Howard, Nationwide

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