Best Choice guides help parents find the best options for their children if they are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or otherwise. – ranches for troubled teens and schools for troubled teens.

Our Guides

Best Choice guides help parents and guardians find the best options for their children if they are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or otherwise. We have a real understanding of the challenges our youth face today and have developed a very sincere and genuine passion for helping both children and their parents. We have worked within such programs and we visit them regularly.

It is through our firsthand experiences and involvement in these schools that we remain dedicated to the ever growing need for boarding school and therapeutic programs. We listen to the parents and assess their child’s behaviors, grades and needs. There are so many different options available today it can become overwhelming for parents, which is why we are here to help! We understand their need to narrow down the abundance of choices.

When parents call us; we will listen, assess, direct and assist. We will spend as much as time as necessary answering a parent’s questions and giving them as much information as needed in order for them to have complete peace of mind during this process. We know how difficult this situation can be, especially for teens who have been expelled or have other behavioral or academic problems. Our knowledge, experience and understanding is the key to matching a child’s needs to exactly the right program or school. Finding a place that offers the proper academics, treatment (if needed), location, cost and length of stay can be solved with one simple phone call from parents, instead of dozens and dozens.

Meet Our Placement Guides

scott-largeScott Smith — Director
After working within a leading boarding school for troubled teens for nearly a decade as its Admissions Director, Scott Smith is uniquely qualified to help parents understand and deal with a variety of placement and financing challenges. He has helped place students in appropriate programs across North America. Scott is excited and honored to be able to work with parents to find the right program the first time, and within the family’s budget.
tara-akersTara Akers — Senior Placement Specialist
Tara Akers has over a decade of experience helping fill schools and programs for struggling adolescents. She most recently worked as the Admissions Director of a large midwestern boarding school. Before that, she was employed by a firm that provided consulting and marketing services for various schools throughout the nation. She enjoys helping parents find the right program for their troubled teen.
kaitlyn freyKaitlyn Frey — Placement Specialist
Kaitlyn worked at a boarding school for troubled teens for several years, answering admissions calls for the school. She loves giving parents hope that there is something out there to help their teenager, no matter the situation!
robin-goodeRobin Goode — Senior Placement Specialist
Robin has for more than a decade been helping parents find the right programs and schools. After personally experiencing the confusion and pain of her own son getting in trouble as a teenager, Robin has been drawn to helping families find the appropriate school or program to help their teenager. Her personal mission is to never give up on a family; assuring that they find an affordable appropriate program or school for their child.
dianDian Humphreys-Dian — Placement Assistant
Dian Humphreys-Dian has worked in the education field for over a decade, including the Admissions Advisor of an all-boys therapeutic boarding school and the school’s College Transition Adviser. Dian and her husband, Chuck have a blended family of five children and one grandchild.
jenniferJennifer Del-Giudice — Placement Specialist
Jennifer has worked with or been associated with therapeutic boarding schools for most of her life. She is a tenacious and tireless expert at helping parents find the right one for their budget and their teenager’s situation. She is also the Founder of a new therapeutic boarding school for girls in Orlando, Florida, called Providence Pass.
alyssaAlyssa — Placement Assistant
Alyssa and her family worked in a boarding school for five years, so she understands how these schools can positively affect teenagers’ lives. She works specifically with parents who have been considering a boarding school for quite a while. Alyssa makes sure these families find the correct help for their child. She loves giving hope and encouragement to families.
heatherHeather — Placement Assistant
Heather is a mom of six children. She worked with her husband in a boarding school for troubled teens for five years, so she has seen first-hand the success stories of kids and courage of parents. Heather’s two sons-in-law are former boarding school students and are hard workers and great husbands and fathers! Heather is married to  Jason, who has been in the pastoral ministry for 20 years.  Together they have helped countless families and most enjoys helping families find answers and options when they feel hopeless.



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Best Choice Network is committed to providing information that is accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive, but it relies on the claims and information provided by the programs it mentions. Best Choice Network LLC assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information we relay from the respective programs, and no liability resulting from errors or omissions or changes that have taken place at any institution that we may display or mention. Best Choice Network is a 3rd party information provider. Inclusion of an institution on the Best Choice Network website or via any other electronic means of phone call does not constitute implicit endorsement or guarantees of the respective institution's products or services. Those who accept or rely on our information must understand that no program or institution is effective in helping 100% of the students it enrolls. Most of the institutions in this industry and many who are listed on our website or who are mentioned in our electronic communications or phone communications are not regulated by the federal government, and some may not be subject to state licensing or monitoring as mental health or educational facilities. Best Choice Network and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) caution that before you enroll a youngster in a private residential treatment program or any institution or service that we mention, be sure to check it out yourself: ask questions; ask for proof or support for claims about staff credentials, program licensing or accreditation, and endorsements; do a site visit; and get all policies and promises in writing.

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