Cole sometimes wondered what would have happened to him if he hadn’t gone to Fair Play. While he can’t say for sure, he knows that he would have been a lot worse off. Camp helped him grow in so many ways and he is who he is today because of it.
Learn how you helped Cole turn his life around at Fair Play.
Families who adopt from foreign countries are often unprepared for the effects of their son’s previous experiences. Those experiences can cause negative behaviors and a struggle to build relationships and trust with adoptive families. Because of your support, these families had a place to get the help they needed!
Everything had to be done Ryan’s way, or he would explode in anger and violence. “Things had gotten so bad that I called camp crying,” his mother Denise said. “I was unsure about camp’s ability to help Ryan. I was feeling pretty helpless. I didn’t think anyone or anything could help him.” Read the story of how Ryan changed at camp.
David and Beth tell their family’s story of fear and desperation, trying to find help for their adopted son Miguel. “We were on our own. We didn’t know where to turn.”
Today, Miguel’s father David says, “Three or four years ago, we were not sure what was going to happen. Now he has the tools to live a successful life.”
Before a boy comes to camp, family workers help prepare his family for the journey at camp. During camp, they stay closely involved with the family, keeping them informed of his progress and helping them prepare for their son’s return home after graduation. But a boy’s return to home, school, and normal life can create some difficult challenges. How do they maintain and then build on the growth that he experienced at camp?
Have you ever wondered what a day at camp is like and how the daily activities at camp prepare a boy for later in life? We get a preview of the boys’ daily routine and how it helps them develop the skills they need to be successful in life. Every day is another step for each boy on the way to a productive and fulfilling life.