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  • Strong and proud: Rancher proves resiliency

    07/22/2021

    Overcoming hardships Recently, Shayne, one of the children who calls the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches home, enlisted with the Marines. It was a proud moment for Shayne, his houseparents, and all Ranchers and staff members. Those proud moments feel great and look great to outsiders. But it takes a lot of work, grit, healing, and hard work to achieve those moments. It takes overcoming trauma, trials, and tough times. Shayne has had his share of those. About five years ago, Shayne moved from New York City to Arkansas. He lived with his mom and her ex-husband. Unfortunately, the situation was … Continue reading

  • Staff spotlight: Errica Pruden, Assistant Program Director

    07/14/2021

    Celebrating 9 years with the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches On July 12, 2021, Errica Pruden celebrated nine years with the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. In May, Errica also earned her Masters of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. As Errica reflected on her career journey and time at the Ranch, she acknowledged her growth. She is not alone in acknowledging and celebrating that growth either. Her team members recently celebrated her success by throwing a surprise party for her when she graduated in May. “I’m continually looking for ways to improve myself and contribute to the Ranch’s growth, good work, and … Continue reading

  • Become a Houseparent

    07/08/2021

    The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is looking for loving houseparents with a heart for raising children. We are looking for both full-time and relief houseparents. Our houseparents are the primary caregivers for children who call the Ranch home. Houseparents play a vital role in our mission. They demonstrate how a healthy home functions by serving as healthy, emotionally stable parents, interacting with children, family, and friends. Some duties include: supervising children, maintaining records, keeping an orderly and clean home, and working cooperatively with Ranch staff and the other families who reside at the Ranch. Our ideal houseparent takes an active … Continue reading

  • Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch Announced for October

    06/30/2021

    Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch October 2021 After a year of cancelled events, we are excited to welcome visitors back to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches for our 4th annual Pumpkin Patch presented by First Community Bank! Each year, our staff and children work to transform the Ranch into a fall wonderland that is fun for the whole family! This year’s Pumpkin Patch will run from October 1st to October 31. Admission is only $10 and includes one pumpkin per visitor and free access to all of these fun activities:  Barrel Train Ride Haunted Forest Hay Ride … Continue reading

  • Ranch Show Team beefs up confidence

    06/22/2021

    A small cheering section eagerly watched a group of Ranchers at the Independence County Fair as they sternly yet gently guided animals through the show barn. Ranch houseparents,  staff members, board member Tyler Griffin and his wife Monica, and Batesville School District administrators patiently awaited the Ranchers’ turns to show lambs. Shirts tucked in, belt buckles shining, and boots polished, the children and teens understood the serious nature of the occasion. There’s a big difference between a show barn at the fair and the barn at the Ranch where the Ranchers care for the animals daily in muck boots and … Continue reading

  • ASYR has been home to more than 2,200 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 100% privately funded.