Morning Star Boys Ranch

Spokane, WA
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Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, founded in January of 1957, is a residential group home for boys. It is located on Glenrose Prairie, in Southeast Spokane, Washington. Our pastoral setting gives the boys the advantage of both rural and urban living. Our trained child care and social service staff provide opportunities for the social, spiritual, emotional and psychological development of the residents. Morning Star Boys’ Ranch primarily serves Washington State families from the Inland Empire (Eastern Washington).


Due to the nature of our program, staffing capacities, facility location, and resident population, the following criteria will be carefully evaluated during the admissions process:

• Male child between the ages of 10 and 17 years old at intake. Preference may be given to those ages 14 years and younger.

• Both Private and State Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS) referred youth will be considered for placement. However, priority will be given to State (BRS) referrals due to our contract with DSHS.

• Washington resident from the greater Spokane area or significant local resources with the intent of being discharged within this community due to the family-centered philosophy of our program. Morning Star does not generally accept out-of-state or out-of-area referrals.

• Family involvement and participation is expected in regular visitation as well as treatment. This will be more clearly defined for families of admitted youth during the orientation process.

• Emotional and/or behavioral problem(s) that prevent success in a less restrictive environment.

• Low risk of fire setting.

• Low risk of serious physical aggression.

• Low risk of serious sexualized behavior and/or sexual aggression. A “S.A.Y” (Sexually Aggressive Youth) evaluation may be requested to establish youth’s level of risk.

• Criminal history and/or pending charges may be reviewed on a case by case basis.

• Children with severe and persistent mental health issues will be assessed to ensure a goodness of fit with our program goals and services.

• Residents must have the ability to benefit from cognitive and insight-oriented components of our program. This may be established by school placements, testing, and/or other standardized tests which indicate a Full-Scale IQ of 70 or greater. We are not equipped to serve the needs of youth with developmental disabilities.

• Absence of active abuse or addiction to drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. Verified successful completion of appropriate treatment and sobriety at the time of admission may be considered.

• Score of 60 or less on the Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS). This will be assessed during the initial screening process with the Morning Star admissions team.

• Placement at Morning Star is voluntary. Therefore, the resident and support system must demonstrate motivation for change.

• Morning Star is a long-term program and does not typically provide crisis services, respite care, or immediate placement. The admissions process can take a significant amount of time, as outlined below. If emergent services are needed, appropriate referrals to other resources will be given.

• Need for structured residential setting to protect the safety of the child, others, and/or the community at large; less restrictive services have been exhausted and unsuccessful; transitional living setting in preparation for a more permanent placement is necessary; require placement for approximately 12 and 18 months (though the actual length of stay may vary significantly by individual circumstances).

Morning Star reserves the right to accept or deny any referral for placement based upon the agency’s assessment of goodness of fit. Admissions decisions will be made without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical handicap or disability that does not prevent a resident from benefiting of our program, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.

To ask questions about the program or check for openings please call (509) 448-1203 or email:
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It was a beautiful spring day in 1956 when the founding mothers and fathers of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch wrote the Articles of Incorporation. They determined that the objective of the “Ranch” is to do all things in a material and spiritual way that will encourage the development of the boys into good citizens.

Boys now live in the Murphy House built in 1976 and named in honor of Thornton Murphy, one of the founding fathers of the Ranch.The entire Ranch overlooks Spokane from 224 acres at the foot of Browne’s Mountain on the southeastern edge of the city.

Our campus includes the Ralph and Rose Phelps education and counseling center, and the Richard Boyd gymnasium. The facilities for the horses are named in honor of Pete Dix.

For five decades Morning Star Boys’ Ranch has built traditions and provided services to nearly 1,300 boys. The Ranch is grateful to donors who have generously supported the needs of the boys in the Inland Northwest over so many years.

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