When it was clear that Freedom Village – entry 276 – became difficult to manage due to the interest the authorities in New York took forward the facility, the management decided to close it down and look for a place where legislation was more relaxed and basically took little interest in the living conditions of the children confined to the facility.
The management believed that the state of South Carolina would be a safe haven for a facility where it was in the interest of the owners not to have supervision from state officials into how the facility was run and the result became that Victory Village established themselves in South Carolina.
Given the way they have managed the old facility, it did not take long before the local authorities had to concern themselves with the strange way the facility was run.
As for the children placed at the facility it can safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there.
- Christian teen home relocating to SC mountains punishes students on ‘the woodpile’ (The Post and Courier)
- Days after controversial group home abandons SC plans, its partner is leaving, too (The Post and Courier)
- Shut down Victory Village USA (Change.org)
- Petition to close down Victory Village (Reddit /r TroubledTeens)
Godthaab was a children orphanages located in the town of Frederiksberg in Denmark. It opened in 1876 and closed in 1984. Part of the orphanage was operated with use of corporal punishment. The care was based on so-called Christian values. The boys had to keep their hands over the bed sheets so they did not “abuse themselves”. Bedwetting resulted in forced labor in the cellar.
Some of the children were lured into participation in medical trials financed by CIA in the United States. The aim of these medical trials were to investigate schizophrenia and were published in secrecy at the University of Copenhagen by doctor Fini Schulsinger. The involvement of the children in these trials were a possible violation of the Nürnberg Code of 1947 as the children were not old enough to grant consent and the parents of the children were not informed.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Danny fik proppet hovedet i toilettet på børnehjem – nu kræver han erstatning (TV2 Lorry – In Danish language)
- Bøghs historiske hjørne: Hård disciplin på det gamle børnehjem – Frederiksberg Friskoles bygning på Dronningensvej 3 (Frederiksberg Liv – in Danish Language)
- Nuremberg Code (Wikipedia)
- Danske børnehjemsbørn brugt i hemmelig undersøgelse støttet af CIA (Danmarks Radio – In Danish Language)
ABA Therapy Solutions which were located in Calhoun, Louisiana, United States closed in 2018 due to problems with their license. Now the police is investigating and some of the employees were charged with abuse.
Articles speak of use of violence against the children. One of the claims mention a tooth being knocked out. Accusations supported by texts being sent among the employees.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Abuse allegations at Calhoun behavioral clinic lead to arrests (KNOE News)
- Child health care center faces fraud investigation (Nexstar Media Inc)
- Former Calhoun behavioral clinic employees arrested following abuse allegations (The News Star)
Casa La Esperanza located in Ensenada, Mexico was among the so-called rehabs closed in 2004 after a long thorough investigation. At the time of its closure 20 detainees called students in the press was present.
The exact location and nature of this facility is not known as most of the sources have been lost. If you by chance know something, please comment this article.
However based on the testimonies of others who have been in similar facilities in Mexico it is safe to assume that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Casa by the Sea / Casa La Esperanza / Genesis shut by Mexica (The Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
- Mexican Officials Shut Down 3 Schools for Troubled U.S. Youths (Los Angeles Times)
- Baja raids shut boarding schools for U.S. teens (San Diego Union-Tribune – reposted at The Cult Education Institute)
The authorities – Riverside County District Attorney’s Office -filed a number of charges against the couple who ran the Morris Small Family Home. Among those charges were 14-count involving neglect result in the death of 17-year-old Diane Ramirez as well as very indecent behavior against some of the children.
Also relatives to the children placed in the home claim that the children when they reached adulthood was tricked into legally binding relationships. The worst part of this story is that parts of the social services seem to have been tipped off before the tragic death but did not react in time.
If the accusations are true it is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Murder, sexual abuse charges filed against controversial California foster parents (East Bay Times)
- SoCal couple who ran foster home for disabled children, adults charged with murder, sexual abuse (ABC 7 Eyewitness News)
- Couple Indicted After Investigation Uncovers Physical, Sexual Abuse Against Residents Of Murrieta Home Care Facility (2CAL9 CBS Los Angeles)
- Woman accused of killing disabled girl in La Cresta care home due in court (Valley News)
The Piney Ridge Treatment Center located in Fayetteville is controlled by the Acadia Healthcare inc. In 2019 reports of neglect, sex and dirt was reported in the media.
Disability Rights Arkansas claimed that the facility did not take the medical issues of the children placed at the facility enough into consideration and also supervised them too little so some of the children were hurt.
The report together with reports from other facilities controlled by the Acadia Healthcare Inc. paint a picture of a system where the consideration for profit endanger the welfare of the children.
It cannot be fun to be there as a child.
- Monitors report neglect, sex, dirt at kids facility in Northwest Arkansas (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
- Discipline issues flagged at Northwest Arkansas child treatment center (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
- Arkansas youth treatment center broke federal rules in chemical injections, seclusion (KA TV)
- For-Profit Psychiatric “Hospitals”: A Year Of Police Raids; Staff Arrests; More Allegations Of Patient Rapes; Hospital Closures And $152 Million In Lawsuit Payouts And Settlements (Citizens Commission on Human Rights International)
New Alternatives Home was 2 group homes located in California. One was located on Victoria Place in Costa Mesa and another in Orange. At the Costa Mesa place a psychiatrist named Burnell Gordon Forgey had been hired to work with a boy. Little known to the public he had opened his home for James Lee Crummel who later ended up on the death row before he committed suicide. Forgey had also worked for the CEDU chain of boarding schools where researchers now link the disappearance of several boys to this couple having access to the campuses.
In relationship with New Alternatives Home the authorities charged Forgey for having lured a 16 year old boy, he worked with to the home and drugged the boy. Taking advantage of the boys helpless state, they performed various sexual acts with their victim. Both were arrested and charged with various crimes.
The full extend of the pairs crimes were never fully exposed due to the advanced age of Forqey and the suicide of Crummel but being the victims of such crimes cannot be fun as a teenager.
- Trial of accused child molester delayed again (Orange Coast Pilot)
- Other Possible Molest Victims of Psychiatrist Are Being Sought (LA Times)
- Trial Is Ordered in Molestation Case (LA Times)
Asheville Academy for Girls is located on 126 Camp Elliot Rd, Black Mountain, North Carolina. This address used to house Stone Mountain School run back then by Aspen Education Group. The campus was shared with Solstice East.
The target group is younger teenager girls aged below 15 at enrollment.
Some testimonies on Google state what kind of environment the girls are placed in:
If you are reading this, and you are having trouble with your daughter, I just want to let you know that, what your daughter is going through is not forever and while it may be difficult and you are unsure what to do as a parent, the best thing you truly can do is be there for your kid and not expect some program to try and fix your child’s problems. As a young adult woman now.. the problems I faced as a 12-13 year old girl surpassed as I got older and I got through the cruel phases of puberty that all women go through in their lives.
It’s been roughly 5 years since I attended this therapeutic school program. I was sent here in continuation from another treatment center as a way to slowly integrate into a normal school system. This school is set in a beautiful environment, the house where Solstice and AAG was in was very nice and whilst being there, it was going under remodeling so I can only imagine what it is like now.
The biggest problem with this program I can share is, the lack of understanding between the staff and the students. The program was set in a level system where you can earn privileges as you increased in rank. You proceed in your rank by taking accountability, showing respect, leadership, progressing in therapy, and doing assignments, etc. I got to the 3rd highest rank within the program. In this program I felt trapped and I felt very lost. Music was and is my life but for the majority of my time there, my music listening was restricted to 30 minutes per weekend. Staff also put restrictions as to what the students can and cant listen to or read so being my 13 year old self, this only caused me to rebel and look for ways to sneak in my books, and my cds. Music regardless of genre and style or content, is extremely helpful in therapy and I was quite baffled as to how that was considered a privilege? It was the hardest thing about attending AAG. AAG put a new wave of defiance in me with all of the restrictions they put upon the students. No student is one and the same, what one girl may find helpful, maybe different for another. Therapy is personal.
The actual therapy wasn’t very good, I couldn’t relate with my therapist at all and I found that my therapist often rarely worked with me. I would have to send requests but even then, she wouldn’t acknowledge them sometimes. I did Ptsd based therapy but I wasn’t even sure that was the problem, the main problem was that I had no liberty and the only way I could escape or free myself from this institution was look to books and religion. I’d also work with a doctor who would prescribe me medication without my fathers discretion. I can’t even remember all the different kinds of pills they put me on, now today my digestion is messed up from it all, young girls from the ages of 10-14 shouldn’t be taking 60 mgs of prozac or prescribed 20mg of ritalin. Its terrible for their health and any reasonable adult should know that this stuff is not good for developing bodies. I had no say, it was a “doctor knows best” deal, and most typically doctor dont always know best.
I found myself more depressed in AAG than I was before in my everyday life . I was suicidal, I missed my father, and more importantly I felt so disassociated with reality, reality isn’t accountability groups and “I feel statements”, reality is knowing your situation, and learning to make a mistake and take that mistake and learn from it. This school should’ve preached love instead of making these poor girls feel bad about themselves in front of their parents. What those girls wanted was someone to understand them through this confusing and difficult time, and all we truly had was each other. Sisterhood is very real in this place, I am still friends with the girls I met 6 years ago at AAG. They have all grown to be great strong young women.
This isn’t trying to hurt the school, this is just some of the things I experienced while I was here. For some it might be a good fit, but for me, it really was a nightmare.Madeline McKenzie
*to clarify, this is about my experience with AAG, not solstice* My own PTSD regarding my traumatizing experience at this school years ago, has kept me from doing anything as simple as writing this review, in terms of speaking out. Somehow years later, I’m still so fearful of this place that I am afraid to speak out against it, and tell my story. But they don’t have any control over me anymore, they cannot punish me for writing an honest review.
In my and many other’s opinion, this school manipulates parents. Both in getting them to send their kids here, and getting them to stay. If you say anything negative about the school to your parents, they tell them that you are not “accepting” of the fact that you are here, and they make you stay longer. In the years following my stay here, my parents have recognized the many manipulation tactics they used, and have apologized to me for falling for them. Even if you have toured the school, and have had students tell you they are fine and dandy….. trust me. I was one of the students they paraded around during tours. I felt trapped into assuring parents that this school was safe, and was helping me. I feel guilty about that to this day, but I was emotionally trapped and had no choice (at 14 years old).
I witnessed a number of restraints that didn’t need to happen, people being taken to “the basement” for hours or even DAYS, with nothing to do except sit and get even more upset, as punishment. I witnessed a certain therapist scream at a student who was suffering, and the same therapist made fun of me while I was disassociating.
And while we are talking about staff, there were at least two staff members who worked at the school when i went there who, now that I am older, i believe may have been acting inappropriately towards students. in what exact capacity I’m not sure, but personally I know of one former staff member who would tell me and other students about her sex life in order to get us to do our chores, etc.
We were also forced to read “impact letters” from our parents, which stated explicitly why we were sent there, to a large group of other preteens. We could not skip words, and often had peers reading over your shoulder to make sure you weren’t leaving anything out. What purpose it served to be forced to read your parents words in front of the other girls, aside from shame and humiliation, I have no clue. Aside from my own impact letter, it was so uncomfortable for me to have to listen to other girls’ reading theirs, knowing how traumatizing it was. It was also just terribly awkward.
I have many other stories to tell, and I will one day. If anyone in charge this school is reading this, just know that I understand that some of you are well meaning. i get that. But in my opinion, at least a couple of years ago, you are/were not doing it right. This is not the nurturing environment you advertise it to be.
To use the words you so loved to throw in my face when I was there… me choosing to write this review, and in the future, tell my story, is my version of “advocation” and “authenticity”. I WILL advocate for the bettering of institutions like yours, as well as for the people who have been hurt by them. And I WILL be authentic, and eventually, unafraid, in honestly talking about my time here, in hopes to raise awareness and to help myself heal.anonymous reviewer
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Datasheet about the program (Anti-Troubled Teen Industry Activism & Survivor Support)
- Asheville Academy for Girls – investigation thread (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)
- Asheville Academy for Girls – investigation thread (Fighting Institutional Child Abuse Network)
- Parent of Survivor, Asheville Academy for Girls 2018 (Survivors stories – BreakingCodeSilence)
- Asheville Academy for Girls (Reddit /r TroubledTeens)
- Asheville Academy For Girls (Reddit /r TroubledTeens)
- Asheville Academy For Girls ( AAG ) (Reddit /r TroubledTeens)
Riverside Academy in Wichita, Kansas is now closed. People who passed the building like in the 2010’s could read graffiti with the wording:
- “Burn this place.”
- “Youth were abused here … systematically.”
- “This is a bad place.”
Taking into account that the facility was run by Sequel Youth & Family Services which is a for-profit company which have been the center of a attention by authorities in several states, the statements could very well be true. We can see reports of children running away from the facility before it closed.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- The bad place (Reveal News)
- ‘Youth were abused here’ (APM Reports)
- ‘Youth were abused here’: Investigating Sequel’s patterns of abuse of foster children (OPB News)
- US lawmakers request investigation into youth congregate care facilities, including one Oregon relied heavily on (OPB News)
- Wichita police: 2 missing boys found safe (Kake News)
Now called “TheVillage” so it does not pop up on Search engines when people look for awful incidents in the past, the facility was involved in placing a child in an abusive foster home, had to fire a teacher for sleeping with one of the children and had to involve the police when a fight took place on campus.
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager. In fact one of the person who were placed there as a child wrote on Reddit.
Hi. I just found this subreddit. As a teenager, I spent a year a Presbyterian Children’s Village (PCV) because I was a sad kid in an abusive home with no where else to go. I have a lot of mixed feelings about my experience there. It has created some trauma of its own that I’ve found hard to process. Here are my experiences.
Sometimes I feel like I’m being petty because my experiences aren’t as bad as they could have been. I had a lot of trauma going into PCV, but I was always treated as if I was crazy and my trauma was not real. This really messed me up. I got singled out a lot in groups by the house Staff as having a good home life, despite the fact that I was there because my parents couldn’t care for me. None of my personal information was ever private. The house staff would share everything with the other kids in the house. Having no privacy had a big impact, because kids will use that against you. I think the house staff knew that too. Theft was also a big issue. And it wasn’t just the other kids. The staff would often steal from me. Everything I owned got stolen at some point. I also had a really hard time at night time. Kids would jump you in the middle of the night and the staff didn’t really care. It’s taken me a long time to process this experience. It was supposed to be therapeutic, but at the end it created more issues for me. It was an environment where nobody believed me and where I was always a liar. I was always presumed to be bad and if something happened, it didn’t matter because I was a throwaway kid.We were all treated as throwaways. I felt like the general feeling was that we weren’t going to be anything. It was like they were preparing us to be criminals and nothing more. That’s always stuck with me and caused me a lot of pain.Neville1989
Let us hope that they clear their act up.
- Foster kid placed in West Philly ‘house of horrors’ wins $11M in lawsuit (Philly Metro)
- Main Line Teacher Repeatedly Sexually Assaults Her Student: Police (NBC Philladelphia)
- Foster care agency hit with $5.35M verdict in child sex-abuse case (The Philladelpia Inquirer)
- Four juveniles charged following fight at theVillage (Main Line Suburban Life)
- Police: School worker showed indecent images of herself (6 ABC Action News)
- Presbyterian Children’s Village, Bryn Mwar, PA (Reddit Troubled Teen Message board)