Bluebonnet Youth Ranch

Bluebonnet Youth Ranch is a nonprofit organization committed to providing children with a safe, loving home and hope for a bright future. Our goal is to inspire hope, ensure well-being and promote meaningful life choices for our residents.

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Bluebonnet Youth Ranch is located just outside Yoakum, Texas off of Hwy 77A South.


About BYR


Bluebonnet Youth Ranch (BYR) is a non-profit organization that that serves as a long-term, residential home for dependent, abused and neglected children.


News & Events


Bluebonnet Youth Ranch has numerous events each year, including the annual Celebrity Golf Tournament & Dance!


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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


Charity Concert Series: AARON BARKER and ALLEN SHAMBLIN

Charity Concert Series: AARON BARKER and ALLEN SHAMBLIN

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,...

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Sporting Clays Tournament 2020

Sporting Clays Tournament 2020

Head out to San Antonio for some friendly competition at the 6th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament The Sporting Clays Tournaments has been postponed until:Saturday, March 20, 2021 Every year, teams from all over South Texas take part in this event to raise...

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Bluebonnet Youth Ranch

4652 Hwy 77A S
P.O. Box 90
Yoakum, Texas 77995