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  • 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

  • He tried to run away 3 times…

    10/01/2017

    Ben was just 13. He’d been horribly abused by his drug-addicted parents. He did the best he could to take care of his younger siblings when his parents were high. His younger siblings were eventually adopted and all ties to them had been cut off. This was really hard on Ben.  When Ben came to the Ranch he was probably one of the most depressed young boys I’d ever seen. It broke my heart. Being so young and with his history of abuse and abandonment, Ben didn’t know how to handle his emotions. He was defensive and angry. He struggled daily just to get along with others. He certainly … Continue reading

  • Greg Hatcher to be Honored at 22nd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner

    09/19/2017

    Please join us on Thursday, October 26 as we honor Greg Hatcher for his outrageous service to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Greg Hatcher and his team at The Hatcher Agency have been Arkansas’s number one producer in health insurance sales every year since the company opened its doors in 1990. Greg literally wrote the book on “Outrageous Service,” and The Hatcher Agency has been recognized as one of the top health insurance producers in the nation. But for Greg, outrageous service doesn’t end with his business. Greg is constantly giving back to the community through his own outrageous service, … 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.