Open Gate Ranch for Youth is a non-profit organization founded by George and Virginia Foutz. The Foutz’s felt that it was their calling to offer care and provide a home for children that had been abandoned, neglected, were physically or sexually abused, or simply had no alternative for a safe family environment. Open Gate Ranch is now run by Craig and Becky Barrus. Becky especially knows what a difference can be made in the life of a child, since she was a foster child of the Foutz’s many years ago.
A variety of services are offered at Open Gate Ranch, consistent with the child’’s individual needs, to help them progress to a substantially improved condition and less restrictive environment. Our focus is on long-term placement in a family-style environment. Some of the services we offer are archery, camping, hunting, fishing and hiking. We use these various programs to promote our three basic values: accountability, responsibility, and respect.
Coming of age in foster care doesn’’t mean missing out on important teenage and young adult milestones. When he is ready, we will sign up a young adult for a driver’’s license and put him on our insurance. A very important and unique quality of Open Gate is that children don’’t “age out” of our Open Gate family. While every child is strongly supported and encouraged to graduate high school, we know that it takes time to acquire important academic and life skills. Whether they choose to go to college or into the military, attend a voc tech school or get a job, we want each child to come to know Open Gate as home where their family will welcome them.
When a child learns how to be a part of a healthy family, he can break the cycle. Our goal is to set a world record for the most loved grand kids…
Some of our children wrote this for us:
“The Open Gate Ranch is my home.
It is a safe place here
I am fed, sheltered, warmed and clothed.
There’’s always someone to talk to.
I have a future because I am here.
I have loving, dependable parents here.
There is happiness and a chance to play games.
It’s where I find
The Open Gate Ranch is a place I can come back to…”
This is proudly displayed on our entryway wall below our children’s photo.