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  • 100% of all Ranchers graduate high school.
  • 80% of all Ranchers pursue a post-secondary education.
  • In 2009, Arkansas investigated about 30,000 cases of possible child abuse.
  • More than 6,500 of those abuse investigations were substantiated.
  • It costs about $30,000 annually to care for a child at the Ranch.

News and Highlights

  • New Girls Cottage Opens at Ranch

    04/21/2017

    At the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, we have seen a growing need for sibling groups, especially sibling groups that include younger children, who need a place to call home. We recently wrote about the youngest children we have taken to date. An under two year old, her three year old sister, and her brother, who is 10. This sibling group is just one of many reasons we decided to open a new cottage for girls at the Ranch this year. Here’s a story from KAIT Region 8 News about the new cottage and this immediate need. We have repurposed an older home … Continue reading

  • Thursday April 6: Double Your Gift During Arkansas Gives!

    04/04/2017

    UPDATE: 4/7/2017 MANY THANKS!!! to everyone who supported the ASYR during ArkansasGives! Thanks to your generosity, the ASYR beat our goal of $5,000 to receive a generous matching gift from the Morris Foundation. We are so thankful for everyone who donated, but we’re especially grateful for Dorothy Morris and the Morris Foundation and their continued support of the ASYR’s mission to provide safe, loving homes for Arkansas boys and girls. We had 88 supporters donate a total of $19,709 to the ASYR. That plus the bonus dollars that we will receive from the Arkansas Community Foundation will take our one-day total up to … Continue reading

  • Three Siblings Reunited at the Youth Ranches

    03/27/2017

    We recently took in our youngest children to date at the Youth Ranches. The brother, age 10, came to us a few months ago. When his 3-year-old sister was being moved from her third foster home, DHS asked us to take her. Fortuitous timing and a willing house mother allowed us to take in this sweet girl and reunite her with her brother. Last week, DHS came to us again and asked if we could take in the youngest sibling, a not-yet-2-year old, after her ninth foster home was closing. She has cancer and will soon receive more treatment and … Continue reading

  • From the Ranch to the Board Room: a story of second chances

    02/10/2017

    This is Roger’s story Roger and his little brother came to live at the Ranch in 1976. In fact, they were our very first two Ranchers. Roger’s dad was a disabled Veteran and had been admitted to a nursing home. They had been living with their Mom. At ages 7 and 5, Roger and his little brother had very little parental supervision. They would often miss school. Roger said his mom was “not the mother she should have been.” Missing school meant missing meals, since school was where they would usually eat. Often they didn’t have anything to eat for days at a time. They were hungry and afraid. They had no … Continue reading

  • YOU Can Still Make a Difference in 2016!

    12/29/2016

    As we end our 40th year, I can’t tell you all of the heartbreaking stories that have brought each child to live at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Nor can I tell you the many stories of generosity that have made the Ranches a reality. But what I can tell you is this: •  NO child comes to the Ranches through any fault of their own. •  We cannot provide safe, healthy and loving homes for these children without YOU. As 2016 comes to a close, there’s still time to make a difference in the lives of these children. With your help, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ … Continue reading