History & Purpose
In 1968, a group of Yoakum businessmen pooled their funds to provide a home and place to stay for five children whose widowed, alcoholic mother left them to receive treatment and job training. Their funds covered rent and paid for a caretaker; however, a short time later the Welfare Department intervened claiming it was illegal to operate a home for dependent and neglected children without a license.
Word quickly spread through the rural Texas community and a generous patron, Anne Barre, came forth and donated 50 acres of land to serve as the location for the facility. The seed was planted and funds began to be raised. In 1972, the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch officially opened its doors as a nonprofit provider of residential care for dependent, abused and neglected children, and has since then cared for an estimated 450 children between infancy and 18 years of age from 68 different Texas towns.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), there were 231 Texas children that died last year because of abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents, relatives or guardians. The 2011 DFPS Data Book also reported 65,948 confirmed victims of child abuse/neglect in the state last year. The Bluebonnet Youth Ranch is one of countless groups and organizations across the state working to address this critical concern, seeking to create a safer, happier and healthier life for Texas’ children.
Our youth is our state’s brightest promise for the future, and they have the right to grow up in life settings free from abuse and neglect. Bluebonnet is committed to providing a safe, loving home and secure future for children who have been victims of such atrocities. BYR has an enduring obligation to ensure that its residents are encouraged, disciplined, protected and raised in nurturing environments that build foundations of excellence. The Ranch plans to continue its purpose and fulfill its promise to our most precious resource – the children
News & Upcoming Events
Over the past few weeks there have been many rumors about the future of Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, from “it’s closing”, “it’s becoming a detention center”, “a drug rehabilitation center”, and other rumors. None of these are true, Bluebonnet Youth Ranch will...
POSTPONED - DATE & TIME TO BE DETERMINDED Presented by Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, Leo J. Welder Center, and Victoria Lions ClubPostponed - Date & Time TBDHall of Fame Songwriters: Aaron Barker & Allen Shamblin. Benefiting Bluebonnet Youth Ranch,...
Head out to San Antonio for some friendly competition at the 6th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament The Sporting Clays Tournaments has been postponed until further notice! Every year, teams from all over South Texas take part in this event to raise funds...
Bluebonnet Youth Ranch
4652 Hwy 77A S
P.O. Box 90
Yoakum, Texas 77995