Past Stories

Cal Farley's residents and alumni share their experiences

Anna: No more chains Anna is mending relationships — and building a life

Anna: No more chains Anna is mending relationships — and building a life

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 At Boys Ranch, there's safety in community

Carter’s connection At Boys Ranch, there's safety in community

“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 Hard experience provides LaMonteé a valuable lesson

LaMonteé: For the best Hard experience provides LaMonteé a valuable lesson

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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