About Us

We’re Here to Help Parents…FREE!

We’re a free service that comes alongside parents to help them find the best fit for a program or school for their troubled teenager.  We do not choose a program for you, but we offer the best options based on your child’s situation, location, and budget.  We charge parents nothing, nor does utilizing our free service cause the rates of the schools that we suggest to be any higher.  We are the largest such free service in the nation.

We visit and work with hundreds of residential programs and get feedback from parents of students we have already placed there.  Our goal is to help the parent find the absolute best choice for each family.  We have comprehensive knowledge of options for troubled teens, helping families with a child who is experiencing academic failure, or who has oppositional behaviors, emotional issues, substance abuse problems, or other emotional or behavioral difficulties that may impact their future.

We Also Handle Inquiries from Many Online Boarding School Directories

We spend a great deal of our time on the road, visiting and evaluating our network of programs. Only by conducting such site visits and getting reports from parents can we get a good understanding of the strengths, options, and expertise of each school.

What works for one adolescent or pre-teen may not be appropriate for another. Each student and their family’s situation is different. Teaching styles, religious affiliation, specialized therapeutic services and the role of arts and athletics are elements that define each school.

Getting it right can make the difference between a mediocre experience and a tremendously fulfilling and life-changing one for the student.  In that quest, we help parents narrow down their options.


New Hope Boy’s Academy has been open for just a little over 2 years and we are full and have a waiting list. I believe Scott Smith and the Best Choice team has been responsible to a great degree of getting us here. Their love and concern for teens shows itself in practical ways every day by placing them in the best place to receive the help they need. Best Choice can be trusted to do the best for all involved.

Maynard Sweigard - New Hope Christian Academy

I just wanted to personally say how grateful…how unbelievably grateful I am to have partners like you advocating for parents and advocating for the futures of this young souls. Clearview and Elk Mountain are in the business of creating safe space for healthy growth to light her path…we couldn’t be in this business without you!

Jason Thielbahr
Clearview Horizon



NON-REFERRAL/NON-EXPERT DISCLAIMER: Options expressed by Best Choice Admissions Services LLC ("BCAS") and its representatives are not professional referrals nor expert recommendations of a medical, behavioral health, or educational professional. BCAS is not licensed or bonded to provide medical, psychological, or educational advice or recommendations, so we don't. You should consider seeking advice from a licensed professional before making any decision in relation to the placement of any child in a residential program. BCAS assists the admissions departments of schools as a communications contractor and agent of record, from which it also receives compensation for its work. BCAS is indemnified by each organization and has no control over the actions of such organizations or their staff. BCAS is rarely on-campus of each program, so we do not know everything about what goes on, nor should we be held responsible for such information. We visit each campus periodically and get anecdotal feedback about each program from parents, which aids us in providing helpful options to individuals as they search for the program of their own best choice. By Federal law, we are required to mention that we select programs to represent solely based upon their desire for our assistance, and they pay us a flat fee based on each student placed. We receive no kickbacks for the amount of services the student requires, nor their length of stay in the school or program. Of the schools and programs we mention as options, we do not select them or push any particular ones based on their ability to pay us a higher amount than do other schools or programs. For some low-income individuals, we may mention schools that pay us nothing. Should we learn that a school has done anything inappropriate with students, such that it is being investigated by local or state authorities, we will immediately stop offering that school as an option. However, due to confidentiality agreements, we may not be able to express why the school or program is no longer included in our discussion or options list. 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.

“NO WARRANTY” LEGAL NOTICE: BCAS does not guarantee recovery or even positive outcomes for any particular individual who attends any program or school we might offer as an option. Recovery and future avoidance of troubling behavior or actions and whatever effects that may have on the individual’s life, their future, their career, their mental or physical health, or their friends and relatives are entirely dependent on each individual student and how they accept and apply the principles they are taught by the program, school or its staff or therapists.