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  • Former Rancher Now a Teacher | Back to School Time!

    07/28/2018

    Scott remembers, it was a hot summer day when he was removed from his home by the court. He was just 14 at the time. Although leaving home was scary, he felt going to the Ranch couldn’t be any worse than where he was living. Twenty-five years later Scott can still recount the trauma of being locked in the sweltering garage or the camper all alone. As one of 5 kids (from multiple sets of parents), things happened that no child should have to experience. After he was removed from his home, he was able to come live at the Ranch. Initially, Scott had anger issues. … Continue reading

  • Mid-Summer Roundup

    06/28/2018

    Since school let out in May, the Ranch has been buzzing with activity from campus visits, to projects around the farm, to lots of activities with our boys and girls. Our Ranchers had a very special visit from First Lady Susan Hutchinson in June. The First Lady toured our campus and spent time with each of our boys and girls. She spoke to them and encouraged them to make the most of their time at the Ranch. Her message was very well received and much appreciated. The next week, the Ranch hosted a group of Arkansas Sheriffs from across the … Continue reading

  • Dorothy Morris to Receive 23rd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award

    06/27/2018

    For 23 years, the Arkansas Children’s Award has been presented to outstanding Arkansans who have made a significant difference in the lives of our state’s children. This year, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is honored to recognize Dorothy Morris for her tireless work on behalf of Arkansas children. Dorothy Morris has devoted her life to supporting the work of nonprofit organizations through the Morris Foundation, which invests in nonprofit projects around the state and has encourage millions of dollars in matching gifts. Dorothy believes in a holistic approach to philanthropy with a strong focus on children and families. Whether she … Continue reading

  • ASYR IN THE NEWS: Home on the range

    05/21/2018

    In case you missed it, the Ranch was recently featured in a wonderful article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Click here to read the full article for free.  Home on the Range For 41 years, the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch has taken children with nowhere to go and turned them into productive adults.  BETHESDA — The Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch sits on more than 500 acres in rural Independence County. There are barns and cottages, rolling pastures and a herd of Hereford cattle. There’s a basketball court, goats and chickens. It’s easy to see why a group of lawmen in the … Continue reading

  • Celebrating Our 2018 Seniors!

    04/24/2018

    Congratulations to our three 2018 Seniors: Keegan, Devon, and Dylan! We are filled with pride as these three seniors graduate from High School in a couple of weeks! The odds were stacked against each of these young people. But a combination of their strength and resilience and the love and opportunities they received from Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch has brought them to this point. We are incredibly grateful to every Ranch supporter who has provided for these young men and women over the years. Because of your support, they have been Ranch Raised! At the Ranch, we raise a child’s … 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.