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  • From Rancher to Aspiring Preacher

    10/29/2018

    John’s dad died in a car wreck when he was just 9 years old. And his mother was addicted to drugs, so he wound up going from one foster home to another. When John was 11, he came to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, and he has been here ever since. A handsome young man with fair hair, bright blue eyes, freckles and a warm, caring smile, John is extremely smart and loves working with animals at the Ranch. He’s really good at chess and is eager to get outside and feed the chickens and goats who live near Faith Hall. Mrs. Cheyenne, his house mom, … Continue reading

  • On the Porch with Rick & Cheyenne

    09/20/2018

    Rick and Cheyenne Ingram are truly part of the fabric of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch. Since 1983, they have raised more than 500 boys in their home, Faith Hall. They have enjoyed seeing these children grow into emotionally stable and responsible young men, many who now have families of their own. We have a deep sense of gratitude to their 35-year commitment, and we wanted to ask them some questions about their time at the Ranch. Q: How long have you been at the Ranch? A: Rick started here as the mechanic in August 1982 and we started houseparenting in May of 1983,  so 35 years … Continue reading

  • Former Rancher Now a Teacher | Back to School Time!

    07/28/2018

    Scott remembers, it was a hot summer day when he was removed from his home by the court. He was just 14 at the time. Although leaving home was scary, he felt going to the Ranch couldn’t be any worse than where he was living. Twenty-five years later Scott can still recount the trauma of being locked in the sweltering garage or the camper all alone. As one of 5 kids (from multiple sets of parents), things happened that no child should have to experience. After he was removed from his home, he was able to come live at the Ranch. Initially, Scott had anger issues. … Continue reading

  • Mid-Summer Roundup

    06/28/2018

    Since school let out in May, the Ranch has been buzzing with activity from campus visits, to projects around the farm, to lots of activities with our boys and girls. Our Ranchers had a very special visit from First Lady Susan Hutchinson in June. The First Lady toured our campus and spent time with each of our boys and girls. She spoke to them and encouraged them to make the most of their time at the Ranch. Her message was very well received and much appreciated. The next week, the Ranch hosted a group of Arkansas Sheriffs from across the … Continue reading

  • Dorothy Morris to Receive 23rd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award

    06/27/2018

    For 23 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, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is honored to recognize Dorothy Morris for her tireless work on behalf of Arkansas children. Dorothy Morris has devoted her life to supporting the work of nonprofit organizations through the Morris Foundation, which invests in nonprofit projects around the state and has encourage millions of dollars in matching gifts. Dorothy believes in a holistic approach to philanthropy with a strong focus on children and families. Whether she … 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.