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What Parents Say About Calo

This is one of a kind program. I’m a psychotherapist, who also works with parents who have adopted internationally. Some feel very helpless when the attachment issues become evident. This program deals specifically with these problems. – Bari B, Calo Parent
The work that Calo does is very important and we believe Calo is the very best at what they do. We searched them out before we came and they have held very true to all their calling. They sure have the best of staff of ANY place we have ever been to or involved with. I wish you had other locations so we could use you for other adopted children we have needs for within our family. We have used and are using other residential facilities at this time and they NO WAY come even close to the Therapy Shelby gets. Staff, Therapist, school or over all care you are the best in the business by all means. – Calo Parent
Of the other programs that we have had experienced, Calo is above and beyond what those others offer and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is seeking assistance for their family. Communication and the insistence on family involvement are key. I am seeking to reconnect with my son, not send him off somewhere to get “fixed.” Calo embraces this concept fully and I truly believe it is the only way to bring a family back together in harmony. Thank you Calo for all you are doing to help our family! – Calo Parent
The work that Calo does is very important and we believe Calo is the very best at what they do. We searched them out before we came and they have held very true to all their calling. They sure have the best of staff of ANY place we have ever been to or involved with. I wish you had other locations so we could use you for other adopted children we have needs for within our family. We have used and are using other residential facilities at this time and they NO WAY come even close to the Therapy Shelby gets. Staff, Therapist, school or over all care you are the best in the business by all means. – Calo Parent
Of the other programs that we have had experienced, Calo is above and beyond what those others offer and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is seeking assistance for their family. Communication and the insistence on family involvement are key. I am seeking to reconnect with my son, not send him off somewhere to get “fixed.” Calo embraces this concept fully and I truly believe it is the only way to bring a family back together in harmony. Thank you Calo for all you are doing to help our family! – Calo Parent
We love Calo because they really get our son. My son is safe and unable to cause more harm to himself should he have stayed in our home. I believe he would have gotten much worse if we had decided to place him in a facility in our state because they don’t fully appreciate the nuances of children with traumatic histories. – Calo Parent
I have recommended Calo so many times already that I’ve lost count! I think what you do is amazing. I look forward to bringing home Donald in a much healthier state than when we first brought him there. – Calo Parent
This is a program which specializes in therapy for kids with attachment issues and who were adopted. The therapy for this segment of the population is “counter intuitive” which is different from traditional therapies which don’t work for our kids. – Calo Parent
I am so pleased with the services available to Austin. He may not consistently choose to access and allow such services to impact him at times, but I believe if he would, it would make a tremendous difference for him. – Calo Parent
As Natasha approaches the end of her time at Calo I find myself feeling proud to be able to say that we are part of the Calo family and I can tell you that you will have two advocates should we discover another family who is looking for help for a child struggling with attachment issues. You really are building a much needed, quality program. – Mary, Calo Parent – Read Full Letter
A letter from a Calo parent to an educational consultant I just got back from my visit with Chad at Calo (Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks) in Missouri. Since Chad arrived there, I have been impressed with the level of professionalism and compassion of the staff and owners of this program and my opinion has grown more positive after my visit. This is exactly the style of program that Chad can benefit from the most. Although there is still a long road ahead, I have already started to see some positive changes in him. The encouragement and requirement of parent involvement is definitely key in successful relationship-building in families. I am also extremely satisfied with the level of information that is shared with me on a very regular basis. The therapist assigned to Chad is just the right personality for him and myself which makes the weekly family therapy calls that much more productive. I’m gushing now, but I seriously cannot say enough about how pleased I am with Calo. – Calo Parent
Our daughter is home from Calo, in great shape, strong and healthy and I am writing to thank your entire Nurse Group for making this happen. Mike Roberts, MaryAnne Duckworth, Joy Sorrell, and Lisa, whose last name I do not know, have been wonderful to work with in keeping our daughter safe and healthy. And not only do we appreciate this, our daughter herself is aware of the wonderful, caring, and careful managing she had while at Calo. Thank you, Ken, for providing such an excellent group of nurses to care for all of your students. We have had so many anxious moments in the last couple of years about our daughter, and in contrast, the peace of mind your Nurse Group gave us while she was at Calo can not be measured. – Annelieke Schauer, Calo Parent – Read Full Letter
I just wanted you to know that Sharon went to her first day of college and loved it. She aced the class and got a congratulations from the teacher afterward for her participation! We know she owes her success today, as hard as it came, to Calo and what she found there. She gets it too, and has also found a great therapist, and she is committed to that as well. – Julie, Calo Parent – Read Full Letter
I had to take a moment to share this… Needless to say this was a tough Thanksgiving with Maria not being home. I know she’s struggling a lot right now and tonight she called home pretty sad/upset about some of it. In the midst of my feeling awful about not having her home and in hearing her pain about that and life in general…I was given the most amazing Thanksgiving gift I could ever imagine… I know it wasn’t bs too, because she didn’t stop talking to make sure I heard it and she didn’t repeat it when I didn’t stop her, she wasn’t looking for a reaction. She was telling me about a friend going home soon and being very sad about it, that her parents weren’t seeing her progress at Calo and she knew that had to hurt the friend. She said that happens a lot (no idea if it’s true, but her perception in the moment) I said something validating like “oh, that’s really sad” and she said…. “I know Mom, sometimes I wish everyone could have you for a Mom.” This is the child who once wanted me dead, once asked if she could have my sister in-law for a Mom instead of me, thrived in the daily opportunities and possibility of dis-crediting me and casting doubt on me and who despite forming a pretty strong connection, has always been pretty put out by the idea she had to have parents at all. It’s not the compliment that seeps into melts my heart, the CONNECTION and the vulnerability in what she said that gets me. She doesn’t like to need people, she likes to be needed. Her words said that she needs me and that everyone needs a caring, connected mother. That is a paradigm shift. I am truly grateful to Calo. Maria put herself on harm to self tonight, she says not because she feels like she will hurt herself but because she feels she needs extra care, also vulnerable. I hope/know the staff will watch her well and give her the extra care she’s requesting. I see tremendous growth and I thank you all. – Tif J., Calo Parent
I have had, as a parent, far too much involvement with treatment facilities, counselors and hospitals than anyone should have to. I have found Calo to be the best facility that I have had dealings with. The staff, counselors, teachers etc. etc. have impressed me greatly with the care and communication that should be the standard for these situations. If you would like, I will talk to anyone that would like a biased and experienced view of how our children should be treated. I have placed my daughter in your facility which you were kind enough to make many exceptions to have her. I also have her sister placed in a facility in South Carolina getting help with her problems voluntarily. There is no comparison between the two level IV facilities. I only wish you had been around and we could have gotten your kind of help for her sister when she was as young. I believe she would have had a much better chance at dealing with growing up and learning how to trust the people that love her. I would gladly challenge anyone writing stories to do a comparison of what I have seen. The truth is on Calo’s side here. – Calo Parent

What Students Say About Calo

Hey Calo Today is my prom!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll send pictures later this week!!!! I have adopted a 10 year old Boxer from a family I know who’s moving away. Her name is Samantha but we call her Sam or Sammy. Ill send pictures of her also later this week. I have my license now. I heard the shake it song today and it made me think of the good ol ‘times on the boat! I am still looking for work and have not been so lucky finding a job although I could be trying harder than I am. My parents and I are getting along much better from when I first got home. My dad and I are closer than we’ve been in a REALLY long time. I hope all is well there and I miss all of you guys. When you see ranger give him lots of love 🙂 – Samantha, Calo Graduate
Through parenting the canines, I learned that a lot of the things my parents did to help such as discipline and boundaries were actually necessary. This helped bring understanding and gave me the support to start working on what became a nonexistent relationship with my parents. I starting working with a canine named Jake in August and fell in love. He has been my motivation through my time here at Calo. – Andrew, Calo Graduate – Read Full Letter

What Professionals Say About Calo

Letter from a Former Residential Coach (front-line staff) A few weeks ago one of our current residential coaches got an email from a former coach–Kyle is his name. The current coach asked Kyle about his new job at a different residential treatment facilty. Kyle’s response gives interesting insight into working in a level-based, behavior modification residential program. I won’t name the new residential program where Kyle works but that facility operates much differently than Calo. I am copying and pasting Kyle’s email here, unedited except for names. I (Ken Huey) am glad I work at Calo and can pay more attention to relationships than behavior.
Calo is an excellent program and maybe the only program that fully integrates an attachment-focused model for the treatment of preteens. I’ve had the privilege of working with this group of competent and dedicated professionals and have observed their work first hand. In many instances a child cannot remain safely at home. In those instances, an attachment-focused model of residential treatment is the best option–just like a parent may treat their child’s skinned knee, but would bring the child to the emergency room for a broken leg. When a child has significant trauma- related and attachment difficulties and the child, parent, or family cannot maintain safety, residential treatment is the appropriate and responsible course of treatment. Specialized treatment for children with trauma and attachment disorder is essential for the simple reason that different treatments are effective for different conditions. Attachment-focused treatment is an evidence-based, effective, and empirically validated treatment. Calo is world- class at this trauma and attachment treatment. – Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D. Leading Attachment Expert, Center For Family Development
Calo is a program based on the healing and restorative power of relationships: building trusting relationships that kids have with staff, with each other, with canines, and with family. What Calo has to offer those kids who live there is something that they can take home with them–how to trust. – Dr. Daniel Hughes Author of Building the Bonds of Attachment


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