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New Perspectives - Aug, 1997 Issue #47

Chinook, Montana
L. Gay Miller, Owner/Therapist

“Dancing Moon Ranch is a private residential facility for adolescent girls, 13 to 18 years of age. We serve only six students and their families at full capacity. We specialize in working with troubled girls, however, any family looking for a different educational and lifestyle opportunity for their child will be considered. 

“Dancing Moon has been a family ranch for 25 years. The Ranch is approximately 1000 acres located in North central Montana. We are situated between two small rural communities and about three hours from the nearest big city. We raise a variety of livestock and crops. 

“Our goal is to provide a safe, loving, therapeutic, and challenging environment that encourages and allows individuals and their families to realize their potential. Students and families are encouraged to set their own goals for change. Families are an integral part of Dancing Moon. Parents and siblings are encouraged to spend time on the ranch. 

“Schooling is provided on the premises. For those girls able to integrate into the community and wishing to participate in extra curricular activities, there is the option of our local high school. 

“Dancing Moon will provide specialized services to families when we are not at full capacity. These services include short stays for children, ages 10 to 12, who are exhibiting potential problem behaviors. Intense family involvement is required during these stays. Our goal is preventive intervention. This specialized service is not available during the months of March, April, and May. This is lambing, calving, and planting time on the ranch and we cannot provide a sufficient level of service due to time and work constraints. 

“We also provide services for ages 19 to 21 on an contractual basis. These services are for those young women who need an opportunity for therapy and career counseling while exploring their options and expanding their education. 

“Those of us at The Dancing Moon believe the best place for children is with their families. When that is simply not possible, we believe we provide the next best alternative.”

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