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  • Ranch life fosters growth

    01/09/2020

    Thriving through Ranch life Thanks to the hard work and determination of our sheriffs more than 40 years ago, the Ranch is a place of hope and healing for Arkansas children. These children, whom we call Ranchers, have simply needed a place to call home. At the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, children experience Ranch life. Set on an idyllic 568 acres in the foothills of the Ozarks, the Ranch serves about 60 children per year. Each morning, the sun radiates across campus, highlighting rolling pastures, sturdy barns, secure cottages, and herds of cattle. Children attend school. When they return, they … Continue reading

  • You can still make a difference in 2019

    12/30/2019

    As the year comes to the end, we reflect on some big wins for the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches in 2019!  Nearly 60 children found a home and hope for a brighter future at the Ranch. Two Ranch Seniors graduated from high school. We had over 3,000 visitors to the Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Ranchers continue to help on the farm with new animals and a growing herd. Many people celebrated weddings and special events at the Ranch’s events center and chapel. We celebrated lots of birthdays, and our Ranchers had a wonderful Christmas! But none of this would have … Continue reading

  • #GivingTuesday 2019

    12/04/2019

    ***Post #GIVINGTUESDAY UPDATE*** MANY THANKS! to everyone who made a gift to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches on #GivingTuesday. With your help, along with our partners at Citizens Bank and White River Now matching and encouraging contributions, the Ranch had a record-breaking day of giving, raising almost $49,288 to support our mission! As an organization that is more than 90% privately funded, this is a HUGE blessing, and we are truly grateful for your help providing homes for some of Arkansas’s most at-risk boys and girls. If you missed Giving Tuesday, there is still time to make a difference with … Continue reading

  • A second chance: Roger’s Story

    10/16/2019

    This is Roger’s story Roger and his little brother came to live at the Ranch in 1977. 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

  • High Profile: Nancy Fulton brings empathy, practicality as leader of Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches

    09/23/2019

    Fulton’s job involves being an advocate for the 32 children who live at the ranches Originally published in the September 22 edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette High Profile section by Debra Hale-Shelton and photos by John Sykes, Jr. BATESVILLE— Nancy Fulton’s life is full of work, hobbies and family, from her husband and children to the dozens of young people who live on a rural Arkansas ranch. As executive director of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches since October 2013, Fulton oversees the 600-acre working ranches that currently are home to 32 boys and girls, ages 5 to 20. Many of the … Continue reading

  • ASYR has been home to more than 2,050 children since 1976.
  • Up to eight children live in each cottage cared for by a professional house parent.
  • 75% of children at ASYR are here with at least one sibling.
  • More than 8,500 children entered the Arkansas foster care system in 2016.
  • 50% of children enter Arkansas foster care because of drugs.
  • ASYR is more than 90% funded through charitable giving.