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  • Arkansas Children’s Award Goes Virtual for 25th Anniversary

    09/30/2020

    25th Anniversary Arkansas Children’s Award For 25 years now, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches has recognized  Arkansans who have made outstanding contributions to create better opportunities for Arkansas children. These Arkansans personify in word and deed the ideals of the Ranch, and hundreds have gathered each year to pay tribute to their dedication at the Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner. This year, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary by recognizing ALL of our past Arkansas Children’s Award recipients. Because of these uncertain times, we have made the difficult decision to not gather for an in-person dinner this year. Instead, we will … Continue reading

  • 2020 Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch Canceled

    08/28/2020

    ASYR has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Pumpkin Patch due to Covid-19. While we love hosting the pumpkin patch each year, the cancellation was necessary to protect the health of our Ranch boys and girls and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many thanks to our sponsors who have made this event possible each year and to the schools and churches that have brought groups out. The Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch raises much-needed funds for our mission each year, so if you would still like to support, you may make a gift by clicking here or by texting … Continue reading

  • From Rancher to High School Coach | Back to School

    08/13/2020

    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. 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 … Continue reading

  • Gourmet Guru Grill Giveaway

    05/27/2020

    We are very excited to offer an opportunity to win this beautiful new Gourmet Guru Grill while benefiting the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches! Details: For every $10 you donate to the Ranch through this special link, you will be entered to win this Deluxe Grill and Metal Rolling Cart from Gourmet Guru Grills. For every $25 you donate, you will receive three (3) entries. Drawing will be held on Friday, June 19, just in time for Father’s Day! Click here to make your gift today The Deluxe Gourmet Guru Grill comes with a handy Metal Rolling Cart, and together they retail … Continue reading

  • Spring brings hope in the midst of COVID-19 at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch

    04/30/2020

    It’s officially springtime at the Ranch! Children are playing in the yards and fishing at the pond. Shouts of joy ring out. Green leaves, bright buttercups, and pink roses bask in the sunshine. But while the Ranch appears beautiful, the Ranch staff remain aware of the serious health crisis we are living through. We’re keeping the Ranch running during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are challenging times for all of us. The children who call the Ranch home have already lived through their own trauma, child abuse, abandonment, and separation from their biological parents. Now they’re experiencing more uncertainty regarding the … 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.