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  • Adopting from the Ranch: Providing a forever home

    03/17/2020

    How they met Emily and Philip Ives met when they began working at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches nine years ago. “Before we were hired at the Ranch, we worked across the street from one another for years unknowingly,” Emily laughs. Emily graduated from Lyon College, and Philip graduated from Arkansas State University. Emily, who is now the Ranch’s Business Manager, joined the Ranch team as Director of Communications and was recently promoted to Business Manager. Philip, originally hired as Program Manager, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer a few years ago. Over time, the two became quite a team. … Continue reading

  • Ranch Response to Coronavirus

    03/16/2020

    How we are keeping our Ranchers safe and healthy: Due to the increased threat from the coronavirus pandemic, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is taking social distancing measures to isolate children and staff in an attempt to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has ordered schools closed through Spring Break, so all of our Ranch children will remain on campus for at least the next two weeks. Our houseparents will be keeping children close to their homes, and they will increase sanitation measures, making sure all surfaces are disinfected and that children are washing their … Continue reading

  • Help children at the Ranch celebrate Easter

    03/09/2020

    Spiritual growth for Ranchers Did you know that children who call the Ranch home attend church every Sunday? It’s one of the basic requirements for admission at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Each child age 6-17 at the Ranch agrees to attend church weekly with their houseparents. If a child already prefers a particular denomination, the Ranch staff do their best to help the child attend respective services. Many Ranchers cite regular church attendance and spiritual growth as one of their favorite aspects of Ranch life. Not only do they learn about spiritual matters and gain insight into the meaning … Continue reading

  • Baking for kids: Making birthdays special at the Ranch

    03/05/2020

    Alishia Baker truly lives up to her last name. An avid, creative baker, Alishia started baking at a young age and has always loved it. Recently, she began volunteering her time, talent, and baked goods to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. About birthdays at the Ranch Founded in 1976 by Arkansas sheriffs, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches provide a loving, supportive place to call home for about 60 children per year. Located near Batesville, Arkansas, the Ranch operates family-style cottages, helping children feel secure, stable, and comfortable. The Ranch provides multiple programs and services for Ranchers, including therapy sessions, an educational … Continue reading

  • Becoming whole: Jason’s story

    02/18/2020

    An interview with Jason “What is the best thing about the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches?” One of our children at the Ranch (whom we lovingly refer to as Ranchers) sits calmly across from me. He doesn’t miss a beat. “My parents,” he smiles. “Do you mean your houseparents?” I clarify, not knowing that his biological parents are deceased. “Um yeah,” he stares back at me, as if I should have known that for Ranchers, houseparents are never simply staff members. “Of course. The best thing here is having a home and a family.” For foster children who call the Ranch … 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.