Heart of Florida Youth Ranch


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Heart of Florida Youth Ranch


Children and Families

For children with nowhere to go and who have suffered loss of parenting due to abandonment, abuse, neglect, and death, these words are more than just a cliché. They represent the beginning of a journey toward healing and wholeness. Situated among the horse and cattle ranches of Marion County, Florida, Heart of Florida Youth Ranch provides a rural atmosphere conducive to nurturing and growth.

We believe children grow up best in healthy families. When it is necessary for a child to live apart from their family, we provide quality, compassionate care and remain focused on reuniting the child and family. When reunification is not an option, our focus becomes the best option for permanency for the child.

We are fully licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as a Child Care and Placement Agency. HOFYR is registered as a 501c3 charitable organization and is accredited by the Council of Accreditation, the gold seal for similar agencies.

Our Purpose

To honor God by helping heal hurting children and families.
Hebrews 13:16 “And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

Our Mission

Equipping children and families at risk to live more effective, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

Our Vision

Called, committed, competent caregivers will provide prevention, intervention, restoration, and empowerment to at-risk children and families through a functioning model and training center in Citra, Florida. From this location, we will partner with select organizations to develop training and support for children’s ministries in the United States and worldwide.

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Homeless and Hungry


There are estimated to be around 122 million children living on the streets, 30 million in Africa, 30 million in Asia, 60 million in South America, and 1.6 million homeless and runaway youth in the USA. Often victims of all kinds of abuse, Help Us give these homeless children a home. Become a Sponsor.

Begging for Help

Donating and or becoming a sponsor assists us in taking ONE MORE child from being homeless to being in a home that meets their spiritual and physical needs. Be part of our family and donate or sponsor a child today.

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How You Can Help

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Sponsor a Child

Your monthly donation of $35 helps us to meet spiritual and physical needs of a child.


become a Ranch Hand

Every ranch needs ranch hands. At Heart of Florida Youth Ranch, volunteer workgroups are vital to our ministry efforts. Our ranch hands provide general construction, maintenance, remodeling, painting, and other necessary improvements. For more information, contact HOFYR.