The ASYR works to keep siblings together offering permanent homes to children as young as six.

For 40 years, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches have provided hope and healing for children who, through no fault of their own, need a place to call home. Arkansas’ foster care system is in a state of crisis. More children need homes now than ever before, so our transformative foster care program is needed more today than it was 40 years ago.

When all 75 sheriffs of Arkansas founded the Ranches in 1976, they saw a need for children who were falling through the cracks of society. Sheriffs helped raise support to build a home to meet this growing need. Since then, the ranches have grown to provide homes for more than 1,300 boys and girls from every corner of the state.

Chris is 18 and has lived at the Ranch for four years. He is a senior at Batesville High School and loves working with ASYR’s Herefords.

Children love fishing in the ponds and riding bikes around the Ranch.

Children at the Ranch receive much more than a warm bed and three cafeteria-style meals a day. We offer them a second chance to be a kid in a group foster home setting with up to seven other children in each cottage. Our children receive what we believe is the birthright of every child — the right to proper healthcare, educational opportunities, and a loving, safe home environment with people who care — not only for them — but about them, as well.

Ranch boys and girls also have the opportunity to gain real-life experience working on our farm. These young Ranchers are helping raise registered, grass-fed, Hereford cows in the ASYR’s cattle program. Our cattle program is helping children grow into loving, caring, and responsible young men and women.

Children at the Ranch are able to ride horses on our 600-acre campus in Batesville.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Ranch is always looking for individuals, churches or civic groups, who can engage children and teach them activities or skills, especially in summer, on weekends or school holidays. Hair stylists to cut children’s hair, craftsmen who can take on projects around the Ranch and volunteers willing to help raise funds for our programs are great ways people can get involved.

Giving Opportunities

Raising a child is an expensive undertaking, especially when you raise as many as the ASYR does! We pay for all needs associated with raising a child including food, clothing, shelter, educational needs, healthcare, counseling services, and recreation and transportation costs.

• A gift of $285 will outfit a child for one school year.

$750 will feed a cottage of Ranchers for one month.

The more support we can raise, the more children we can serve.

Fundraisers and Events

The 21st Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner benefitting the ASYR honored Deltic Timber Corporation and Ray Dillon for their good work on behalf of Arkansas children. The dinner was held Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Little Rock Marriott.

The Ranches’ 40th Anniversary was celebrated with a Birthday Barbecue at our Batesville campus on Saturday, Oct. 22, with burgers and birthday cake.

Funding Sources

Our Impact

Boys and girls to stay at the Ranch since we were founded 40 years ago.
Children can live at the Ranch from age 6 to 21.
Percent of children placed at the Ranch through their senior year graduate high school or receive their GED.
Percent of children at the Ranch with at least one sibling.
Arkansas counties from which we take referrals
Years of an average stay for a child placed permanently at the Ranch.

CEO: Nancy Weaver, LCSW

Employees: 21
Service area: Arkansas
Established: 1976

100 Saint Vincent Place
(870) 793-6841


Board of Directors
Mr. Dennis Farmer, President
Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay, 1st Vice President
Mrs. Cathy McGlothin, 2nd Vice President
Mr. Brent Stevenson, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Ronnie Baldwin
Mr. Zac Bradley
Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown
Honorable Stephen Choate
Honorable Vicki Cook
Mr. Robert Dill
Mr. Sam Fiser
Mr. Greg Hatcher
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence
Mr. Adam McClung
Perry County Sheriff Scott Montgomery
Woodruff County Sheriff Phil Reynolds
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton
Mr. James Smith
Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley
Mr. Larry Stone
Mr. Troy Tucker
Mr. Perry Webb
Mrs. Phyllis Worley
Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright