Past Stories

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch residents and alumni share their experiences

Jake: Calming the tempest

Jake: Calming the tempest

The three brothers, ages 4, 6 and 7, crossed the street, bicycle in tow. Reaching the pizza shop, they stacked a series of blue plastic milk crates — first one, then another, then three high. As the shop’s employees looked on, the eldest hopped on the bike. Speeding forward, he attempted to jump the milk…

Anna: No more chains

Anna: No more chains

Anna, pronounced “Anya” in her native Russian, stood on her tip-toes to peer over the nurse’s station under which she’d been sleeping. The 2-year-old’s mother had succumbed to a prolonged illness just days before and, despite his repeated promises to the clinic nurses, her father had not come to retrieve her. He’s not coming, Anna…

Carter’s connection

Carter’s connection

“I would ask my mom, ‘Am I adopted? Am I adopted?’ I didn’t know if my dad or my mom was my real parent,” Carter remembers. Carter has never met his birth father. He has a mother and a step-father, the only father figure he has ever known. Yet, somehow, Carter was confused about how…

LaMonteé: For the best

LaMonteé: For the best

It isn’t supposed to be like this! LaMonteé thought. The then-18-year-old was right. He’d grown up with his share of problems — his father had walked out, and his step-father was in and out of jail. It left LaMonteé’s mother to take care of four children at the tender age of 25. LaMonteé had grown…

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