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"Bulloch Family Ranch" premieres July 17 on UP

Melissa Hayer Modified: July 12, 2013 at 10:05 am •  Published: July 12, 2013

The new seven-episode unscripted series “Bulloch Family Ranch” debuts at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 on UP.

Details on “Bulloch Family Ranch,” provided by UP, are as follows:

Sixteen years ago, working class couple Julie and Rusty Bulloch and their 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son opened their home to Jenna, a teenage girl from their community who wanted to run away from home. Jenna was the first of more than 25 troubled teenagers the Bullochs have welcomed over the years. Allowing up to two teens at a time to stay on their 25-acre ranch in Lakeland, Florida for anywhere from nine months to a year and a half, the Bullochs have provided a safe haven and a structured parental environment to kids who need it most.

The Bullochs abide by a strict “nothing in life is free” mentality. Boarders, who have included some of the most feared gang members on the streets to the top NFL draft picks, are given a room and basic supplies, but they must work either on the family ranch or at Julie’s bounce house company during their stay.  To stay on the ranch, kids are required to follow the rules.  While the Bulloch’s track record would make any parent beam with pride, not every boarder who has entered the ranch progresses smoothly.  Each border presents an adjustment challenge for everyone involved, particularly the family’s newest addition, an 18-year-old football player who has been in and out of 11 schools in four years.

With old-school values, tough-love techniques and a family that keeps on growing, the Bullochs have redefined what it means to be a “blended family” in the 21st century.

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