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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

  • 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

  • Christmas at the Ranches

    12/08/2016

    YOU Can Make this Christmas Merry and Bright for our Ranchers! Christmas can be a difficult time for the boys and girls at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Some miss their families, and for others, this may be the very first time they get to experience the joy of Christmas! But we need YOU to help make it happen! The end of the year is an expensive time to raise a child, especially when you raise as many as we do at the Ranches! We ask that you consider making a special year-end gift to help meet our needs during the … Continue reading

  • Screening of The Santa Clause with Actor Judge Reinhold Benefits ASYR

    12/02/2016

    UPDATE: December 5, 2016 Thank you to Judge Reinhold for making Sunday’s screening of The Santa Clause at the Melba Theater such a special event for the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches! More than 220 attended this special screening and Q&A with Reinhold to benefit the Ranches. Reinhold talked about his experience making the film with actor Tim Allen. He answered questions spanning his acting career and also talked about what made him pursue acting as a career. Reinhold also spoke about his upbringing on a farm in Virginia. He said he feels like he has come full circle now that he lives in … Continue reading

  • UPDATE: Arkansas Foster Care Crisis

    11/15/2016

    Last year, Governor Asa Hutchinson said the Arkansas foster care system was in a state of crisis. I wish I could write today and let you know how much better the situation is. But the fact is, we are losing ground. More than 8,500 children entered the Arkansas foster care system this year. That’s up 10% since this time last year. That means 23 children were separated from their families. Every. Single. Day. Through no fault of their own, everything they’ve ever known was changed in a moment. Removed from their families with nothing but the clothes on their back and … Continue reading