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Cal Farley’s: It’s where you’re going that counts!

Nato: ‘Like a warm hug’

Nato: ‘Like a warm hug’

He struggled against the ice-cold water, the current ripping away any progress he made. Trying to dog paddle his way to the rooftop, Nato’s head slipped under the water again and again. Sputtering for air, a pair of arms suddenly wrapped around him, pulling him from the murky water. Nato opened his eyes and looked…

Digital Arts group: From ideation to creation

Digital Arts group: From ideation to creation

“All kids need to have some experience and marketable skills when they leave Boys Ranch,” explained Rachael King, program and curriculum designer at Cal Farley’s. As instructor for the Digital Arts course within our Experiential Learning Program, King is always looking for ways to expand her students’ skillset. E.L.P. allows Cal Farley’s youth to gain…

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…

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