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News and Highlights

  • He tried to run away 3 times…

    10/01/2017

    Ben was just 13. He’d been horribly abused by his drug-addicted parents. He did the best he could to take care of his younger siblings when his parents were high. His younger siblings were eventually adopted and all ties to them had been cut off. This was really hard on Ben.  When Ben came to the Ranch he was probably one of the most depressed young boys I’d ever seen. It broke my heart. Being so young and with his history of abuse and abandonment, Ben didn’t know how to handle his emotions. He was defensive and angry. He struggled daily just to get along with others. He certainly … Continue reading

  • Greg Hatcher to be Honored at 22nd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner

    09/19/2017

    Please join us on Thursday, October 26 as we honor Greg Hatcher for his outrageous service to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Greg Hatcher and his team at The Hatcher Agency have been Arkansas’s number one producer in health insurance sales every year since the company opened its doors in 1990. Greg literally wrote the book on “Outrageous Service,” and The Hatcher Agency has been recognized as one of the top health insurance producers in the nation. But for Greg, outrageous service doesn’t end with his business. Greg is constantly giving back to the community through his own outrageous service, … Continue reading

  • He was 12 and couldn’t tie his shoes…

    09/01/2017

    Life Before the Ranch He was just 12 years old and living in a run-down camper. There was no electricity, no water. It was heartbreaking. This was one of the worst living conditions we’d ever seen. Dylan was living with his father. Unfortunately, his father was not mentally capable of caring for Dylan. Dylan didn’t know how to brush his teeth, bathe properly, make a bed – or even tie his shoes. Life on the Ranch That was more than 4 years ago. But today – because of friends like you, Dylan’s life at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches looks very different. A couple of … Continue reading

  • NEW! Youth Ranches Pumpkin Patch

    08/15/2017

    Join the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches for its first ever Pumpkin Patch! The staff and children at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches have been hard at work to transform the Ranch into its first-ever Pumpkin Patch! Admission is only $10 and includes one pumpkin per visitor and free access to up to 5 of these fun activities: Hay Ride Bouncy Houses Petting Zoo Tire Swings Fruit Slingshot Corn Pit Fall Maze Carnival Games, and more! Our beautiful 600 acre campus offers many opportunities for beautiful fall photos with the whole family, and we’ll also have some fun photo spots set … Continue reading

  • Ranchers go back to school in two weeks!

    07/31/2017

    In just two short weeks, our Ranch boys and girls will be going back to school. There is so much to do between now and then! Hundreds of pairs of shoes and jeans will be tried on. Dozens of backpacks will be purchased and stuffed with new school supplies. There will be many fresh back-to-school haircuts given. That’s the exciting part of back to school at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. But what you may not realize is that for many Arkansas boys and girls, just getting to school can be complicated. How the Ranch Helped Three Siblings Brandon’s mom was constantly … 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.