About Bluebonnet Youth Ranch
The Bluebonnet Youth Ranch (BYR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that that serves as a long-term, residential home for dependent, abused and neglected children. BYR is a private child-care facility licensed by the state of Texas to provide residential care and treatment for children in need. Referrals for placement are accepted from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, families, courts and private sources.
The facility is located four miles south of Yoakum, Texas, and is licensed to serve up to 30 children from infancy to age 18. It is situated between San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Victoria to primarily serve the South Texas region, but may accommodate any child in the state of Texas.
The purpose of the organization is to provide a safe, healthy, family-oriented environment for children who have been victims of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Bluebonnet strives to provide a life as normal as possible for the youth, and offers guidance, discipline and all the advantages for them to grow and achieve their full potential in each aspect of life.
BYR allows children to live free from victimization, and presents every opportunity for them to build better futures for themselves and mature into successful, productive adults. Our goal is to inspire hope, ensure well-being and promote meaningful life choices for our residents.
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.
Bluebonnet Youth Ranch
Bluebonnet Youth Ranch
4652 US-77 ALT
Yoakum, TX 77995
Bluebonnet Youth Ranch
4652 US Hwy 77A South
Yoakum, Texas 77995
At present, Bluebonnet Youth Ranch lies on 50 acres and consists of three fully equipped cottages, a relief cottage, an administration building, administrator cottage, barn and animal pens, small fishing lake, woodworking shop and sports complex.
The three main cottages on the property are Barre Cottage, Meadows Cottage and Johnson Cottage. Each cottage is a large, comfortable, family-style home with a spacious kitchen, large living room, dining area, laundry and utility room, pantry, a 2-bedroom/1-bath apartment for the houseparents, and five bedrooms for up to ten children (two children per room). The cottages have a designated girls and boys hall, each with its own bathroom. In addition, each cottage has a separate living area that consists of a bedroom/sitting area and bath to accommodate the set of relief houseparents while on their weekly rotation to relieve the regular houseparents.