Second Boys Team Home Signals Growth of Calo Preteens Program

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Success of Residential Treatment Center for Adopted Youth

Calo Preteens is proud to announce the opening of a second boys’ team home, necessitating the move of the girls’ team home to a second new building, both buildings designed and built just with Preteens in mind. With 20 students enrolled presently, Calo’s Preteens Program serve adopted boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 who experienced early childhood stress and trauma.

"Our preteens struggle to make and keep relationships in all aspects of their lives – with their parents, their siblings, and their peers," explained Laurie Laird, Executive Director. Laird went on to say, "Our boys and girls are emotionally unstable and need help learning how to self-regulate their emotions so they can feel they “fit” with their families and friends. Indeed, most of them have trouble making and/or maintaining same-age friendships".

Calo Preteen provides a safe haven to heal past trauma and helps children develop a more positive and coherent sense of self. Calo also provides a full suite of complementary regulatory interventions that help students learn to not only value relationship, but also learn they are very worthy of relationship.

Landon Kirk, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Calo Lake Ozark campus that includes Calo Teens and Calo Pre Teens, reflecting on the growth of the program stated, "I am delighted to be able to provide additional access for families in need and extremely grateful for the trust our referring professionals place in us. As an adopted father of two little girls, I understand how difficult it can be for parents to place a preteen in residential treatment. These new Preteen homes reflect our dedication to providing the most contemporary living facilities and state of the art care for these special years".

About Calo Preteens
Calo has specialized in working with adoptive families for almost a decade. Through its leadership Calo has remained on the leading edge of mental health and behavioral issues that revolve around early childhood stress and adoption. Late last year, Calo opened a new standalone campus dedicated to a younger population of adopted youth. This intimate program is comprised of both a boys and girls homes and include the best of Calo, including their nationally recognized canine program, Neurotherapies, use of all the sensory integration rooms, with every Preteen tested and supplied with a “sensory diet,” Occupational Therapy, 24/7 health services and years of research on the developmental needs of the younger population. Additionally, Calo Preteens is state licensed and Joint Commission Accredited and the school is licensed through AdvancedEd. All Preteen teachers are certified in special education and classroom ratios are very low. Caregivers accompany the children to school and maintain a 1:3 staff to student ratio at all times to ensure that every student obtains the very best in specialized care. For more information on Calo Preteens visit

Calo also offers Calo Teens (, and New Vision Wilderness ( – “NVW”). NVW is an outdoor behavioral health program with two locations in the North Woods of Wisconsin and the Mountain Desert of Oregon. NVW offers one of the most clinically intensive wilderness models in the country and is the only wilderness program completely specialized in Trauma Informed Care.

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