CALO (“kay-lo”) is a residential treatment center for adopted teenagers who are struggling.
Over 90% of CALO students are adopted at birth or a young age. The adoption itself is an early trauma (click here
to understand adoption as a trauma), even when it happens at birth. When other adverse childhood events (see acestudy.org
) are stacked with the trauma of adoption, emotional issues are often the result. We are specialists in this complex developmental trauma.
Most of our students are struggling just a bit more than can be managed in a home environment. They might be failing out of school. Perhaps they are following little if any parent direction. In general, they are on a path that will not lead to sustainable relationships and happiness. We turn these teenagers around. We strengthen family relationships where needed. We help create empathy in disconnected teens. We foster a desire to be a more productive member of families, teams, and society.
In all of our interventions, relationships are the change agent. Relationships with parents or guardians, therapists, residential coaches, and purebred Golden Retrievers (what we call “transferable attachment”) are at the heart of our residential treatment model. Our CALO program focuses on creating real connections and meaning with others; it’s about alliance, not compliance. There are no timeouts, only time-ins, providing closeness with trusted caretakers when emotions are high. At CALO there are no levels; we believe that fairness is getting what you need, not what you have earned.
Some of our troubled teenagers struggle with reactive attachment disorder and developmental trauma disorder. Using attachment theory as a starting point, we heal struggling teens from the effects of early childhood trauma related to adoption, or abuse or neglect. Some of our teens struggle emotionally and are damaged in the areas of empathy, reciprocity, and relationship formation. They suffer emotionally from an overwhelming sense of shame, which drives them to act out in self-destructive ways. Instead of using behavior modification, we mend their damage in the context of safe relationships. We believe relationships are the fertile ground where connection, trust, and empathy are learned.
CALO has a 32 bed girls program and a separate 48 bed boys program. We admit students ages 12 to 18 with parents or guardians who are willing to actively participate in the residential treatment program. If your teen is struggling due to early childhood trauma, call us at 877-879-2256
. We are here to help you through this process in every way- including funding- and will work hard to answer any questions you may have.
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