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  • ASYR IN THE NEWS: Home on the range

    05/21/2018

    In case you missed it, the Ranch was recently featured in a wonderful article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Click here to read the full article for free.  Home on the Range For 41 years, the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch has taken children with nowhere to go and turned them into productive adults.  BETHESDA — The Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch sits on more than 500 acres in rural Independence County. There are barns and cottages, rolling pastures and a herd of Hereford cattle. There’s a basketball court, goats and chickens. It’s easy to see why a group of lawmen in the … Continue reading

  • Celebrating Our 2018 Seniors!

    04/24/2018

    Congratulations to our three 2018 Seniors: Keegan, Devon, and Dylan! We are filled with pride as these three seniors graduate from High School in a couple of weeks! The odds were stacked against each of these young people. But a combination of their strength and resilience and the love and opportunities they received from Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch has brought them to this point. We are incredibly grateful to every Ranch supporter who has provided for these young men and women over the years. Because of your support, they have been Ranch Raised! At the Ranch, we raise a child’s … Continue reading

  • RANCH RAISED: from last pick to MVP

    02/22/2018

    Donovan was just nine years old when he was rescued from an abusive home by local law enforcement. He and his little brother and sisters were found alone in a roach and mice infested apartment. They would be left at home for days at a time, and Donovan was responsible for changing diapers and bathing and feeding the little ones. If his parents came home to find a baby in a dirty diaper, supper not cooked, or kids crying – he was severely punished. Thankfully, Donovan and his siblings were able to come and live at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches … Continue reading

  • From unimaginable childhood to a bright future

    01/18/2018

    An Unimaginable Childhood Llahoma was only 10 years old when her parents divorced. Soon after that, her mother became pregnant with another man’s child. Her mother went from job to job. Over the next 3 years, they were evicted often and a variety of men were in and out of Llahoma’s life. There was no stability. Llahoma’s mom and her live in boyfriend were both addicted to drugs. Her mother would often try to barter her for sex in exchange for more drugs. First, her mom was trafficking drugs. Then she started an escort service. Every day was filled with physical, … Continue reading

  • You can still make a difference in 2017!

    12/26/2017

    As 2017 draws to a close, we reflect on another year at the Ranch and celebrate some of our accomplishments. This year: Two Seniors graduated from high school. Nearly 60 children found a home and hope for a brighter future at the Ranch. Ranchers helped with a successful first ever Pumpkin Patch. We celebrated lots of birthdays and Christmas with presents and yummy food! Ranchers continue to help on the farm with new animals and a growing herd. Looking back, it’s obvious that 2017 was a great year. It is also obvious that none of this would be possible without the consistent generous support from … 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.