Become a Houseparent

The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is looking for loving houseparents who have a heart for raising children. We are looking for both full-time and relief houseparents. Our houseparents are the primary caregivers for the children who live at the Ranch, and they play a vital role in our mission. They set the example of how emotionally healthy parents interact with children, family, and friends.

Some duties include supervising children, maintaining records for children, keeping an orderly and clean home, working cooperatively with Ranch staff and the other families who live on the Ranch. Our ideal houseparent is someone who takes an active role in raising and inspiring children. We want them to involve our Ranch boys and girls in 4H and work our animals in our educational farm program. We want our houseparents to engage our children in activities that excite them and promote growth.

The ASYR is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year home for children on a nearly 600 acre working ranch. Houseparents live in 5 large family homes and care for up to 8 children in each home. Full-time houseparents are not required to have a second residence and have their own apartment in the home. Part-time relief houseparents provide respite for full-time houseparents 8 days each month.

Here’s how one of our houseparents describes her role at the Ranch: “For us, we don’t look at being houseparent as a job. We just say it’s life. We are all just parents doing the best job we can to raise a houseful of kids. The ASYR is a community of families who live and work together on the Ranch. Being a houseparent takes commitment, sacrifice, vulnerability and a HUGE heart for children.”

To learn more about becoming an ASYR Houseparent or other job opportunities at the Ranch, contact Candy Davis at 870-793-6841, ext. 315 or To apply, fill out our application and submit to Candy Davis at