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GrannyC

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#527
Jan 24, 2013
 

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My granddaughter is in the Lords ranch now. I worry about her everyday. I am going to try to get DR Phill or someone to look into this place.
I am so sorry

Sherwood, AR

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#528
Jan 25, 2013
 
any more to share wrote:
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lot's of questions of interest, if you can continue and explain further. i'm sure the ranch has a lot of success stories. but we should hear learn of their failures also, to hopefully remedy the situation.
a crying shame that your youth, some of the best years of your life, were stolen, and you were poorly prepared for adulthood. 10's of thousands of our dollars were likely spent to help you. sadly, it sounds like we failed.
sad to learn that you fell thru the cracks of the system and had to suffer for so many years. seems your life has been cruel and hopefully you endured the damage and are tough enough to fully recover.
my preyers for you.
who exactly sent you there?
do you know who paid for it and signed you up?
adoptive parents, dhs, adoption service, judge, lords ranch staff, mental outpatient clinic? doctor?
were you in any kind of trouble at age 9? school problems? detention? adhd?
who raised you from birth to age 9? parents, relatives? foster parents? were you in a state foster care system?
besides poor social skill learning, did you learn much academically in school there? how was your book learning education? poor, fair, good?
did any outside agencies ever interview you or was it all internal drs and therapists?
were you on prescription drugs for any of the years?
do you feel any crimes were committed against you?
at what age did you leave, and how, and to where?
ps, just noticed the above post and a few posts by you on the other thread. sorry for the duplication of questions if already covered. thanks for your info and thoughts about your time there.
I am so so sorry that happened to you. I know you believe in God so I know you understand when I say there is a place for everyone in the end. I pray for your continued healing. Shame on that doctor and those staff members. They will pay the price for thier actions.
Tuck

Dallas, TX

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#529
Jan 26, 2013
 
This is so sad and Jessica I believe you.Go to 7on your side.they will investigate this.Seriously it may not have happened to you but you have no right to call her a liar more or less.please come forward so something can be done about this.why is this under the table.REPORT THIS IMME8DIATELY!
Kristina

United States

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#530
Jan 29, 2013
 
My niece is there and she is very hard headed they always restrain her :( she has been thru sooo much in here life i really hope they are not hurting hee in anyway. I will straight go off. She is my everything. I do know she cuts herself and it dnt seem like they do much to stop it also they put her on alot of meds. I just wany hee out of there and home.
the truth

Paragould, AR

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Feb 8, 2013
 

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I was in the lords ranch too,from 2003-2004. These girls are telling the truth, something needs to be done about that place, please do not send your children there. Girls, don't stop telling your story,people need to be informed.
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Paragould, AR

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#532
Feb 9, 2013
 
velma wrote:
i was at the ranch in 1988 to 1989 i didnt see anyone getting hurt i seen people who cared enough to take in kids and love them i never got abused. i did get puinsh alot cuz i couldnt stop my self from flirting with the boys there. when i was there there was only 5 girls and we had a blast together no one hit us or sexually abused us
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Alot has changed in the past 20 years lady.
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Paragould, AR

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#533
Feb 9, 2013
 
while I was at the Lords Ranch, a male teacher was very touchy feely with me, I was the only girl in the class, so it was very easy for him to get by with it.I am not sure if he is still there, but it goes to show, the place is not as CHRISTIAN based as they try to seem.
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Batesville, AR

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#534
Apr 2, 2013
 
I dont know about anyone else but my daughter was there between 2008 and 2009. She was running away from home and really taking some major risks in her life. This place changed her life, from her own lips! She didnt like it at first, of course, but by the time she was released she was back to her old cheerful easy going self. Trust me if anyone had hurt her there we would have known about it because she wasnt then nor is she now shy about telling! In fact, she still talks to staff from the ranch and would love to go back and work there herself. I know there are multiple houses at the ranch and maybe she just got into a great one, but I can say this was our experience. On a final note, as my daughter neared then end of her stay there we found out my mother was dying of cancer and though it took a little work, we were able to get her released a month or so early so she could spend at least some time with her grandmother.
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#535
May 1, 2013
 
Jessica Rae, This is Your best friend from Lord's Ranch AKA Skittles! I don't know if you ever return to this thread but if you do...I was there. I remember everything. Can't believe I found this and you on here! Email me billie.rogers07@yahoo.com or Facebook me! Always loved you :)
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#536
May 1, 2013
 
kristin danea wrote:
thank u!! somebody who was thr and knows!!!
Danae! it's Billie. OMGosh cant believe everyone is on here! Facebook me! Billie Rogers
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Newport, AR

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#537
May 2, 2013
 
As I read these posts my heart is breaking. This place was started to help hurting children but I know for a fact it has only compounded on "some" of the injuries of the children that have come through the doors. For every failure there has been at least 10 success stories. So they have done good for some kids. Trinity Behavioral Health is a better name then The LORD's Ranch!
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Jonesboro, AR

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#538
May 15, 2013
 
please don't let your children get sent here. Do everything in your power to keep them out of this place. If they are there GET THEM OUT!!
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Little Rock, AR

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#539
Jun 13, 2013
 
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my adopted parents got money from the state of texas to take care of me and my sister, you werent there so you dont know. we had government aid for medical and other things. they also told them if my sister and i had mental problems they could get a check for me and my siter. thats something they should of never told them because they spent a lot of time looking for dr.s and trying to get my sister and i diagnosed with a mental disorder. i was put on all kinds of meds that i didnt need, and one of the meds i was on made me the way i am now which i will be explaining that later on. the reason my adopted mom couldnt take care of us was because of the way she was brought up herself. she didnt know how to show love because she came from a family that didnt give affection. i will be telling more about my adopted family leading up to how i went to the home. ive been busy and havnt had the time. im about to go do something so maybe later today or tonight i will have the time to sit down and explain my situation. it dosnt matter to me if you believe me or not, im just simply telling my story the good and the bad of it all. the system may have failed me but i am not a victim nor do i want or expect anyone to feel sorry for me. There are other people out there who have had a hard life too. This isnt a pity me story this is a real life story about me. im all grown up now and i understand things better than i did when i was a child. i treat my own children with love and respect.when they do something wrong they get a time out or sent to their room. after they are done with their time out i explain to them what they did wrong. i tell them i love them and give them a hug and a kiss. my children respect me but do not fear me, they know that they can come talk to me whenever they need too, most importantly they trust me. i give them all the hugs and kisses they want, and spend time with them goofing off and being silly with them. i also know first hand the challenges of having a child with mental and behavior problems. one of my children has an autism disorder, but you can bet your bottom dollar i wont be giving my child away to someone else to take care of just because it can be difficult and hard a times to handle. also just to let you know i have a great relationship with my biological father. he was never the reason i got taken away. my biological mother had a lot of issues. My dad worked all day long while my mom would sleep all day. when they took us away my dad tried to keep us but they told him there was no way he could take care of five kids by himself. My foster parents are the ones who abused my sister and i. i will talk about my adopted parents and the events that led up to me going to the home later on. i have other things i need to do.
I think you are inspirational figure and a testament to the best characteristics of the human spirit. Many people inflict their childhood difficulties on others, but your experiences have obviously strengthened your resolve to love even harder.
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Little Rock, AR

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#540
Jun 13, 2013
 
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First of all, any money your adopted parent received for you was to cover the expenses incurred by having you. Children are not free. More important, if you were moved out of the home, that money would have stopped. It is called Adoption Assistance- and it stops if the child is not living in your home. Second, she wouldn't have adopted you if she hadn't loved children and wanted to provide a home for you. If she found that you had issues- and then took you to a doctor- it was up to the doctor to tell her what the issues were and how to treat it. Doctors don't typically allow parents or anyone else to diagnose and choose the medicine. Third, she probably put you in the home because the medicine and treatment didn't work and she didn't know what else to do. I believe she loved you and wanted you. The home you were in didn't make you happy- but they probably provided for you the best they could. You are an adult now- don't bash the home- provide a better one if you can. I wish you well and I really wish you hadn't had sad times. In a perfect world parents would take care of their own kids.
Wow, why would discredit everything this woman is saying. People adopt children for all sorts of reasons. Some of them to fill a hole they think they have in their lives, which is not a healthy reason. Additionally if you are a child of the system it is only normal that you feel there is a monetary value assigned to you, because it is presented that way in so many cases. There are a lot of exemplary foster parents out there but there are just as many that are abusive and do it for the paycheck and neglect and often abuse the children in their care. She has pointed out the positive experiences she had so don't dismiss the negative experiences. She has shown empathy towards her foster mom by saying that she grew up in a house that wasn't affectionate and so she wasn't affectionate in return. Everything she has is objective and rational yet you dismiss her. Who made you an authority on other people's lives.
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Little Rock, AR

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Jun 13, 2013
 
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It's not your fault that bad things happened when you were very young- but now that you are older you can take control of your life to make it a happy one. Choose to surround yourself with things you like. Be the person you think is right. Do what you love. Be happy. Hang around others that make you happy. Forgive what is in the past and let it go. Do not beat yourself up for mistakes- forgive yourself. Do not allow others to abuse you or mistreat you. Do not think you have it worse than everyone else or that everyone else has it better. Everyone has had a little rain in their lives. It's not what happens to us that matters the most- but what we do- who we are- what we make of our lives. Make good choices- think them through. If you choose to get therapy, find a counselor that you like and that really makes you feel better. Sometimes it's good to talk about what bothers us. Sometimes it good to pray about it.
Sometimes it's good to let it go. I wish you well.
Are you serious. Wouldn't it be great if we could just tell ourselves to be happy. Depression and other disorders are often physiological and your surrounding environment or your belief in God does nothing to diminish what your body feels. Your advice is condescending and lame.
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Little Rock, AR

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#542
Jun 13, 2013
 
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This is not about the lords ranch whoever they are, this is about this Jessica girl needing some help. This is clearly a girl who needs some counseling. That is not being mean...she just has had terrible life....and is still making bad choices about her life and broadcasting them to the world.....
I wonder is she is married and has ever been married? It is clear, she needs some counseling.....though who know if that will help....
Again, I think everyone truly sympathizes with her...She true needs help...I feel sorry that she has all this anger and hatred....
Are you on crack? Both of these women sound very upfront and honest and like most adults who experience adversity when they are children feel a responsibility to tell their stories as a way to put the past in a context so that others can learn from it. I think both of these women have been very open and honest about their experiences. In response to many posts that pissed me off for them, they have responded with respect and taken responsibility for their past. So you either have an ulterior motive for trying to spin this in a negative way or you are just a mean person. Go away
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Little Rock, AR

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#543
Jun 13, 2013
 
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Jessica Rae, This is Your best friend from Lord's Ranch AKA Skittles! I don't know if you ever return to this thread but if you do...I was there. I remember everything. Can't believe I found this and you on here! Email me billie.rogers07@yahoo.com or Facebook me! Always loved you :)
There is a profound difference in your child and these girls that they have pointed out in this thread. These girls were (pardon the harshness of the phrase) but throw aways from their biological and adopted parents. They were in the facility long term. They didn't get sent there because they had behavioral problems that needed to be fixed. Your investment in your child, the fact that she had parents that cared and checked in on her would automatically make her much safer. Abuse is much more likely to have to the more vulnerable and the unwanted that are there long term and have no one expressing an interest in their care. So the comparison of your daughter isn't accurate.
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#544
Jan 8, 2014
 
The ppl that know the truth are the ones who were thr. I give my full name because i have nothing to hide. Things that went on thr were not only terrible to endure in our childhood but has also followed me into adulthood. I am now 31. I went to the ranch at age 9 and left right before i turned 18. I hated it n would never recommend it for future children. Its been YEARS n ppl wonder y now?? So other ppl who want to send thr children thr dont..im forever scarred by what i went thru thr but i now live a normal life. I hate the ranch n i always will.
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#545
Feb 1, 2014
 
I was at the ranch from 96 to 99. My experience there was nothing but bad. I remember getting restrained at least one a week from the time I got their till the time I left. Staff didn't like me much. Even less when I ran away for three days. When I finally got tired of running (1 no compass 2 the girls had no shoes ) I was put in isolation (or the unit) what the staff called it, for over three months. Standing on the wall from before sun up till long after sun down. They were always trying to break me with their religion. They would lay it on you so thick you would wish you were deaf. I read one person say something about the staff having to put up with bad kids. They put that on themselves. Reason being as soon as kids got to the ranch (if you were on medication) they would cut you off cold turkey and tell you GOD is in control, you didn't need those pills, you must have a demon, blah blah blah blah blah. Like the countless doctors and psychiatrists you been going to forever had no clue. But they did. All you needed to be well was a little Jesus. Sing sing sing, clap clap clap. All better. Made My head spin like WTF are they talking about. But don't say that too loud or Philander fat ass might tackle you for a min each out his hand and tag Alonzo or Gary in for the finishing move. Then after you were move and roughed up you could stand on the wall till bed time. So all you little side commentators, don't talk without being educated. Makes you seem naive. Oh no that couldn't happen in life to someone , they must be lying little tramps that were asking for. Open your eyes it happened and probably still is.
Almighty 1

Chicago, IL

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#547
Feb 1, 2014
 
I haven't been there in over 15 years and haven't heard or read anything about it till recently when I found this topic. I know those two girls. They were mistreated like a lot of the residents at the time.

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