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Our focus is on Children; keeping them safe, helping them to heal, educating them, caring for and about them and motivating them to find a positive direction.

When you partner with BYS, YOU bridge the gap between basic services and exemplary care.

Your support makes a huge difference in the lives of emotionally fragile children.  

Butterfield Youth Services requests your support to continue to help abused and neglected children learn to be confident, responsible, and emotionally prepared for tomorrow. 

We can love and care for our children but …our arms are only an extension of yours.



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Caring For Missouri Children Since 1963

Since 1963, children and adolescents with the most serious social and emotionally challenging conditions have found refuge in Butterfield Youth Services. BYS is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), and affiliated with recognized state and national childcare standards organizations.

BYS Programs offer various choices and opportunities for children and families with different needs. Each program reaches a group of troubled children who are in need of special services, love, and an accepting community in which to live and grow. BYS provides specialized treatment and educational support Services across all of the programs.

BYS supporters can Donate Online in full confidence their transactions are secure. We invite you to join with us in our mission to better the lives of the children and youth we serve. You may also view our annual report here.

We are accepting applications for caring compassionate people who want to work with children. Please check our job opportunities and see if there is something that would suit your schedule.

Our current Board of Directors list may be found here. We appreciate all that this voluntary board does for the staff and children at BYS.

If your Church or Organization would like to "Adopt a Ranch" for a Christmas project or other occasion, please contact Roy Morrill, Executive Director at for more information. Check out our Wish List for other needed items.

Butterfield Youth Services provides a continuum of programs for children requiring out-of-home care. BYS provides specialized treatment and educational support Services across all of the programs.

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Butterfield Programs

Residential Care: Specialized care and treatment provided in group homes of various designs and locations withing BYS.

Day Treatment: Specialized care and treatment for children who are able to live in their own family homes. BYS transports those children daily, to and from the BYS Center and their family homes.

Foster Care: Specialized care and treatment provided in licensed community family homes. BYS recruits, trains and licenses the participating families and all children placed in TFC homes remain eligible for all ongoing services of BYS and the BYS School.

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Career  Opportunity - Butterfield Youth Services is seeking Therapeutic Foster Parents.If you live in Saline County and are interested in providing a safe, nurturing home to children in need, please contact Shelia Stephenson at 660-886-2253 for more information.



Patrick Holcer

Patrick lived at Butterfield from 1972 to 1983 and basically grew up here. When Patrick was 18, he joined the U.S. Navy. After 15 years, he left the Navy and pursued a carreer in emergency fire and rescue. Soon after 9/11, he began working with the Department of Denfense performing emergency rescue for our troops in Irag and Afghanistan. During a recent visit, Pat had this to say about the impact that Butterfield had on his life.

Patrick Holcer

My name is Patrick Holcer; I came to Butterfield when I was about eight years old. I had the privilege of knowing and learning from many outstanding counselors, as well as Tom himself. I give credit for most of my successes in life, to the caring people of Butterfield Youth Services. I stayed with Butterfield until my 18th birthday, at which time I received my proclamation of emancipation from the state of Missouri, and thus I began making my own way.

27 years later, during one of my visits to Butterfields, I was asked if I would be interested in putting pen to paper and reflecting on memories of my childhood at BYS. As I ponder the countless fond memories of growing up at BYS, I noticed most of the memories always included one of two people; Ellie Butterfield and Jerry Carton.

Ellie Butterfield, as most of you know, is the most caring, loving, and genuine person you will ever of had the privilege of knowing in your life. I recall she always had a smile on her face, open arms for hugs, and an infectious pleasantness that could turn your worst day around. To this day, when I think of Ellie, it brings a smile to my face and that same warm comfort that I felt as a ten year old child.

I remember Jerry Carton as being my first mentor. Although I didn’t realize it then, I learned some of my most valuable lessons from this man. Patience, perserverence, attention to detail, and positive self- esteem to mention a few of the virtues I gained from him. Jerry’s willingness to share his knowledge and incredible talents in a multitude of genres, help develop problem solving skills that later in life would prove to be the pillars of my success.

As I come to end of this small article, I realize how deeply both of these wonderful people impacted my childhood. I am truly a better man, because they were both in my life. Although many years have passed, I still see the same quality of people in the staffing at BYS today. The smiles on the children’s faces and the confidence they exude, are a testament that the Ellie Butterfields’ and Jerry Cartons’ of this world are alive, present, and making a difference at BYS still today.

Thank you for everything you do , every single day, in your attempt to help the kids of BYS. It will be the small parts of yourself that you give to these kids, that will help them become happy and successful in their years to come.

BYS is accredited nationally as a Children's Residential Treatment Center, by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA)

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