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
January 25, 2018- Larry Gatlin Larry Gatlin is best-known for his '80s hits with the Gatlin Brothers, but prior to forming and leading that family trio, he enjoyed a successful solo career with occasional support from his brothers. Gatlin was born in Seminole, TX and...read more
Dear Friends of Bluebonnet, After much consideration, the board of directors at Bluebonnet Youth Ranch has made the official decision to cancel the 2017 Bluebonnet Youth Ranch Golf Tournament altogether. This includes the two-day golf tournament, Sunday...read more
Bluebonnet Youth Ranch
4652 Hwy 77A S
P.O. Box 90
Yoakum, Texas 77995