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Posted December 3, 2003 

Sterling, Colorado
Jay and Linda Littlefield, Directors

“In 1994 two families, the Littlefields and the Wests, founded Childrens ARK, Inc. to meet an existing and ongoing need for residential treatment facilities in Colorado.” They eventually acquired four facilities, then decided the four facilities could be better managed if divided, allowing one couple to oversee the operations in each of the two locations. The Littlefields retained the facilities in Sterling and New Raymer, which make up what is now called KidzArk, a Colorado licensed residential treatment center.

KidzArk treats adolescents from the ages of 9 to 18 who are suffering from abuse, neglect and emotional issues. It provides 24 hour supervision and care in two locations, Sterling and New Raymer. “During awake hours we try to maintain a one to five ratio of staff to residents.” Currently the Sterling facility is licensed for 36 girls, with three houses, house parents and residential support staff. There are relief house parents and awake overnight staff. The New Raymer Ranch is licensed for 24 boys with a 1500-acre working ranch with horses, goats, chickens and other animals. The boys receive the same clinical services as the girls. Their on-grounds school is in Sterling.

Licensed professional counselors provide individual, group, milieu therapy, and they have a "full time nurse, recreational therapist, MSW, clinical psychologist, and consulting adolescent psychiatrist." They offer therapeutic animal programs with border dogs and horses, as well as horticulture, a pool, computer lab, and a gymnasium, with opportunities to participate in public school athletics. They also have regularly scheduled enrichment trips to places such as the Black Hills and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Their Jackie Reynolds School is accredited with master's level teachers and includes special education. It has two administrators, six teachers and six teachers assistants, with a Life Skills program and a Title I reading and math program.

In November 2001 KidzArk was licensed by the State of Colorado to also be a Child Placement Agency, allowing KidzArk to obtain and license foster homes for a continuum of care that includes therapeutic foster care.

This "affordably priced" 501(c)(3) non profit [is] supported by fees for service and charitable contributions." They "have specific qualifications and experiences” which enable them to “meet the needs of severely damaged children. While maintaining interpersonal boundaries…staff act upon the concepts of accountability and forgiveness to assist children in turning their lives around. KidzArk is different from other RCCF/RTCs in that the residents are not viewed as delinquents needing to be incarcerated, but as children damaged by life experiences and in need of healing."

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