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  • Governor Asa Hutchinson to Receive 2019 Arkansas Children’s Award

    08/14/2019

    For 24 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, we are honored to present the 24th Annual Arkansas Children’s Award to Governor Asa Hutchinson. Governor Hutchinson has led the way to better serve children who find themselves separated from their families. When he took office in 2015, one of Governor Hutchinson’s first priorities was to shine a light on the crisis facing our state’s foster care system. There were many more children needing foster care services than there were families and … Continue reading

  • 2019 Youth Ranches Pumpkin Patch

    08/14/2019

    Join the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches for the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch Presented by First Community Bank! The staff and children at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches have been hard at work to transform the Ranch into a Pumpkin Patch for the second year! Admission is only $10 and includes one pumpkin per visitor and free access to these fun activities:  Barrel Train Ride Hay Ride Bouncy Houses Petting Zoo Corn Pit Maze We will also have face painting, cookie decorating, carnival games and more! Our beautiful 600 acre campus offers many opportunities for beautiful fall photos with the whole … Continue reading

  • Back to School Time at the Ranch!

    07/22/2019

    The 2019 school year will soon begin, and we have lots of excited boys and girls to outfit before their first day back. For some of our newer Ranchers, this will be the first time they will succeed in school, but we need your help to send them back with confidence! Our biggest needs for the school year are: Backpacks for boys and girls of all ages Mechanical pencils Loose leaf paper 2-inch binders Binder tabs Because we have children in grades kindergarten through senior high, their supply needs vary greatly. Your cash contribution is the very best way to … Continue reading

  • From Rancher to Award-Winning First Responder

    07/08/2019

    Jamey was quite the character when he lived with us at the Ranch, but his life wasn’t always so carefree. Jamey’s mom was disabled, and when Jamey was 10 his dad lost his job. After that, his parents began to fight and there was a lot of family drama. All the fighting was difficult for a young boy. Over the next couple of years, things went from bad to worse. Jamey began mowing yards so his family would have enough money to buy bread and lunch meat. One day his dad dropped him off at a friend’s house and told … Continue reading

  • Congrats to our 2019 Graduates!

    05/20/2019

    Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates! We were filled with pride to watch these two young men walk across the stage last Friday evening to accept their high school diploma. The odds may have been stacked against them, but through a combination of their resilience and determination along with the love and opportunities they’ve received from their houseparents and staff at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, they have reached this important milestone in their lives. We are incredibly grateful to every Ranch supporter who has provided for these young men over the years. Because of your support, they have been Ranch Raised! … 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.