The Boys’ Ranch gives our children the chance to grow strong in God’s love and to become young men who are productive members of society.

Big Oak Boys’ Ranch sits on 374 acres just outside of Gadsden, Alabama. We have nine residential homes, a gymnasium, equine center, swimming pool, cattle management facility and a transition home to help our young men adjust from high school to adulthood. Our goal is to create as normal a setting as possible for our boys. Up to eight boys live in each of the Ranch’s comfortable two story brick homes with a dedicated, Christian couple serving as mom and dad.

Love, Strength, Discipline, and Direction

At the end of the day, there are four foundational things our boys need to be shown:

Through chores, an assigned Ranch task and the Big Oak Cattle program, our boys are given responsibilities that are meant to instill leadership, initiative, a desire to work hard and the commitment that it will require to lead a family of their own and contribute to society. We’ve seen it prove true over the years, that as our boys see the fruit of their work, they begin to realize their strength and capability to accomplish their goals.

Although strength, discipline and direction are key to raising great men, even more is the virtue of love. Once our boys understand the loving nature of Christ, only then can they understand how to love others. We know children listen with their eyes, and our spiritual emphasis is on witnessing by example in all we say and do at Big Oak Ranch. In an effort to demonstrate the love of a family, each of our Ranch families work together, play together, and attend a local church as a unit each week. In addition, we purposefully and carefully place boys of different ages in each home so the younger boys will have big brothers. In turn, the older boys can develop a caring and responsible attitude toward their younger siblings. It is our desire that our boys will understand and appreciate this brotherhood and the bond siblings share.

Boys' Ranch Team

Our Boys’ Ranch team has over 102 years of experience.

Melissa Robinson, MA, LBSW
Boys’ Ranch Social Worker
Devon Crossley, MSW
Boys’ Ranch Social Worker
Donna Duke
Office Manager
Tim Batson
Boys’ Ranch Operations Manager
Matt Williams
Cattle Director
Barry & Donna Ryan
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents
Jason & Jen Shoars
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents.
David & Lydia Ryan
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents
Terrell & Tiffany English
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents
Slade & Jamie Kilgo
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents
Matt & Amy Maurer
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents
Lester & Leslie Hales
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents
John & Robin O’Leary
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents
Brian & Natalie Curp
Boys’ Ranch Houseparents

We take children from all over the United States.
For questions regarding admissions, please phone (256) 892-0773, and ask to speak to a Social Worker.

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