Newport News Behavioral Health became known to the general public when a teenager died there in 2018. An investigation is ongoing to determine whether the death was caused by neglect.
It seems that the center is run putting profit before care
One parent wrote:
Literally THE WORST!!! From the beginning, to the end!! My child was checked in Tuesday night, I call on Wednesday afternoon to check on her and they’re unable to tell me anything “because they haven’t seen her yet”. Really?? She’s been there over 12 hours and no one has seen her?? Hmmm. THEN I GO to the facility on Friday and ask to talk to the counselor. She comes out looking clueless. She literally asked why I was there and what I wanted to know from her. Really??! I responded with “you’re the counselor??? I would think it would be a STANDARD question of parents asking how their children are.” How is she adjusting? How is she feeling?
Every time I called during the week she was there chaos greeted my calls. No one has a clue and apparently “so busy”. BTW… my daughter told me they only had SIX patients. Really??!!! Busy?? Ok.
Then to top it off out processing was just as bad. Some random lady who hadn’t even worked my daughters case greeted me, had me sign papers and rushed me out the door. She was unable to answer any of my questions regarding her care. I asked her at that time for a doctors note stating my daughter would be able to return to work.
It is now a week later, no letter. I called ALL DAY today (about 8 times… just randomly sent to different ppl, or no answer at all) I was told first thing this morning that I would receive the letter. It’s 4:30 pm… no letter. I call AGAIN. I eventually get ahold of a Ms Lisa who informs me that she was the one i spoke with in the morning, and *surprise* “she’s so busy and was going to send me the email at the end of the day.” Is 4:30 not the end of the day? Do you need to be RUDE in your delivery?
I was told “ignore the reviews! Only negative ppl leave reviews and no one ever leave their good experiences!” But I am telling you.. this is the least professional, unorganized group of individuals I have ever seen!! DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE if you’re truly wanting them to get help! (One more thing… my daughter told me they were only kept busy roughly 2 1/2 a day… the rest of the time they’re alone or watching TV) Terrible TERRIBLE terrible all around!!!!
It cannot be a fun place to be as a a teenager.
Shiloh Treatment Center is a treatment center which provides special education for a number of school districts in Texas.
Over the years there have been a number of causes causing concern.
- a teenager died while trying to escape the treatment center
- a male employee had sex with a 15 year old girl
- teenagers were forcibly injected with psychiatric drugs
It cannot be a fun place to be as a teenager.
Charinda Academy is located in Iowa. It takes in foster care children from other states. The children would have been better protected in their home state. At the academy restraints from the employees are used in
every incident and it is not based on fairness.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- WA SENT ABUSED KIDS TO JAIL-LIKE IOWA GROUP HOME WITH “ABUSIVE” PRACTICES (Investigate West)
- Clarinda Academy criticized in state report (Des Moines Register)
- Report describes ‘abusive restraint practices’ for Washington foster youth sent out of state (NW News Network)
This little monestery does not exist anymore. It was sold for other purposes in 2004 and that is good compared with the purpose it had before which seemed to be that priest could have intercourse with students.
It could not have been fun to be there as a student.
The More Than Me Academy is located in the capital of Liberia. It is financed by a charity in the United States.
Recently stories about abuse was published on the Internet. It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- UNPROTECTED (Propublica)
- Pre-Teen Girls Raped at Female-Empowerment School in Liberia: ProPublica (The Daily Beast)
- Sex Abuse Scandal & Cover-up at US NGO, Liberian Gov’t Slow to React (Front Page Africa)
St. Mary is a small community located in the state of Alaska. For many years the Catolic church ran a boarding school there. Today it is known that the church did not stop the actions of Father James Poole. He was active in the 1960’s and 1970’s putting numerous girls through ordeals which no girl should be subjected to.
It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager having a body which he took interest in.
A 15 year old boy died after he was restrained by the employees. Even when the court in the end came to the result that one of the employees was innocent of his death, it does not change the fact, that every restraint include the risk of taking the life of the child. Despite the trial the facility did not change its ways. A girl later needed treatment as result of her interactions with the employees.
A facility where the focus is on use of power instead of counseling is not fun to be at as a teenager.
“It does always happens to others” is the thinking of present students at the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut. But it does happen to someone and it destroys their lives.
So why put up this false wall of safety when it is not there and it is a random lottery to be safe?
When investigation are done they uncover one incident after another. It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager once you loses in the lottery of safety.
- Loomis Chaffee School Reports More Sexual-Misconduct Cases Dating Back Decades (The Hartford Current)
- Loomis Chaffee students feel safe despite rape (Journal Inquirer
- Boarding school investigation uncovers more abuse (AP News)
Ontario, which is a part of Canada is set to have a child welfare system. It is certainly not a system you want to be part of if you are a teenager.
Placing a child in a random place hundreds of miles away from the family and friends and not providing education to the foster parents is almost planning that the children should not survive to grow up and become adults. Suicides count for some of the deaths.
The system could be better put together but as always it is properly about the money and how you can save most.