Under a different management the ranch was founded in 1896. It did close in 2002 due to possible sexual misconduct by former employees. The incident was investigated .
Some years later the ranch reopened under the present management . They believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and all aspects of their program are Christian-based; from counseling to academics.
The target group is boys only aged between 12 and 18 
The have a short term and a long term program 
Both programs uses a level system each boy has to pass through in order to graduate.
|Short Term program
last between 6 and 10 months
|Long Term program|
last between 12 and 18 months.
Beside the level system they run a grade system where the boys are graded on their behavior and attitude on hourly basis. A higher score result in more privileges . The grades are
- Gold (Above and Beyond)
- Silver (At Expectation)
- Bronze (Below Expectation)
- Packet (Unacceptable)
There are no contact between the boy and his parent for the first six weeks. Before the first meeting they have to participate in a meeting. After that the parents can either visit their son at the facility or arrange for a home visit 
The boys live dorm-like setting with an average of two boys per room.
- 2002 the ranch was closed due to possible sexual misconduct by employees 
- 2011 a boy living at the ranch became victim from a suicide just weeks before he was supposed to graduate  
- Group: In memory of Ben Lolley, Facebook
- Forum: Salem Children's Home is renaming itself: Salem4youth, a thread on the Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora
- Forum: Salem for youth ranch, a thread on the Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora
- ILLINOIS SPOTLIGHT: Boys school in Livingston County rebuilds, By Paul Swiech, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph, April 13, 2012
- The facility on Google Maps
- FAQ, homepage of the program
- Program overview, homepage of the program
- Ben Lolley, former EHS student, dies, By DeWayne Bartels Woodford Times, Posted August 29, 2011
- "Suicide is Painless' to no one anytime, anywhere, By DeWayne Bartels, Woodford Times, Posted September 14, 2011